Woe To Them That Are At Ease…

Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

Amos 6:1

This is a famous verse.  Or, rather, a famous phrase that begins the verse, “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion…”  Application has been made many times to the fact that, as Christians living in a free country, we should not be sitting around doing nothing for the Lord.  We should not be living a life for ourselves and for our own pleasure and enjoyment.  Our lives, no matter where we find ourselves, should be about serving the Lord.

Think about our place as Christians in our modern world.  I have heard a lot said lately about how bad things are getting for Christians.  The world is against us.  Society as a whole is against us.  The media and entertainment industry are against us.  Even the government is beginning to pass laws that are starting to infringe upon our freedoms.  But, comparatively speaking, we have it easy.  We aren’t going to be hung or burned at the stake for claiming the name of Christ.  In fact, other than receiving a mean look or harsh word, we face very little persecution of any kind.  That has not always been the case throughout history and it is not always the case around the world today.

Thousands have died for their faith.  Thousands have lost families, land, possessions, and freedom for the cause of Christ.  We have done none of those things.  It is very, very, easy to find ourselves “at ease in Zion…” today.  Whenever I read or hear about this verse, I can’t help but thinking of those who have come before us.  They loved the Lord in life and they loved Him enough to die for Him.  We aren’t currently being asked to die for Him.  But how much of an effort are we making to live for Him?

4 responses to this post.

  1. A good word! In the words of Steve Green “Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful!”
    I am convinced a time is coming when Am,erican Christians will be asked to put aside their “ease” and walk the “Via Dolorosa” with Jesus. Even now the choice lies before us as our incomes dwindle and our jobs evaporate what will be the first to go with them. Will we surrender our ease, our vacations, our luxuries? Or will we first surrender our tithes ,our offerings, our missions?

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    • I am convinced of that too. My dad has been saying that for years, and I always kind of doubted him, but now I can definitely see it coming. May the Lord find us faithful!

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  2. Thanks Ben,

    “We aren’t currently being asked to die for Him. But how much of an effort are we making to live for Him?”

    Here goes the ‘pointed’ again…

    Thanks for the thoughts. The wheels are turning.

    Blessings,
    ann

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