“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).
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, such as those that relate to business decisions, social relations, political involvements, cultural assimilation, etc., can be a bit more challenging but are still relatively manageable.
I’ve never really paid attention to this mundane reality until recently, and I presume most people don’t as well. I’m in control, things happen according to plan, and I can make sound decisions. 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.
But the notion of faith reminds me again that the decision-making process is actually more complex than I have usually assumed, 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 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 all social circles or is inevitable in virtually all aspects of life (as most would say), that 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!