“Enter by the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and NARROW THE ROAD that leads to life, and only a few find it" (Mt. 7:13-14).
What is Lifestyling Faith all about?
Why I Did Lifestyling Faith
Life is always about making decisions. In fact, every moment of our life involves decision-making. Some decisions are easy to make like our daily life routines. Others are a bit challenging but are nonetheless still relatively easy to handle, such as business decisions, social relations, political involvements, cultural assimilation, etc.
I’ve never really paid attention to this mundane reality until recently (I presume most people don’t as well). I’m in control, everything happens according to plan, and I have God and eternity in my possession. Of course, I don’t always make the right decision, but I guess that’s okay, because I’m not perfect (and all people make mistakes too except that some just don’t want to own them); I learn from my mistakes, and I move on.
As a Christ follower, however, I am reminded, again, that the process is actually more complex, because I do have moral values and ethical principles to think about and consider in the decisions I make in life. And sadly, I have too often picked the wrong choice because I naturally tend to follow popular societal trends and behaviours and the secular majority, sometimes for fear of rejection and persecution, but most of the time because of the fact that “this is just how it works now.” But “what works” doesn’t mean that it’s the right thing to do.
For instance, is it right to play politics in the family, the church, our ministry, and our social relationships, etc.? See, even if politics is no longer a taboo in Christian circles or is inevitable in virtually all aspects of life (as most would say) doesn't mean it’s right and okay to do it. Jesus was a victim of his own family’s and the religious authorities’ political game during his time, and he never once said that it’s okay to follow that social norm or way of life. Instead, he says, “Enter by the narrow gate...for narrow is the road that leads to life” (Mt. 7:13-14). And that’s exactly what he did all the way to the cross so that you and I could find hope and life today--his faith matches his lifestyle!