Balance is critical in every realm of life. Where balance is lacking, problems are sure to follow. That couldn’t be any more true than in the realm of religion. Is it possible that we need to consider balance in our spiritual lives? If so, consider the following:
- Is it possible that we tenaciously affirm weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper but give little thought to how weakly we observe the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:29)?
- Is it possible we have more concern about the instrument we don’t use during our worship in song than the instrument we do use (our heart) in our worship in song (Ephesians 5:19)?
- Is it possible we’re more committed to our comfort with traditional expedients than we are to our discomfort with non-traditional, expedients that prove to be more effective?
- Is it possible we show more concern over someone calling our preachers “Reverend” than being reverend in our manner of life (1 Peter 1:16)?
- Is it possible we’re more cautious about offending the “unchurched” who attend our worship services than we are offending God, to whom our worship is directed (John 4:24)?
- Is it possible we’re more committed to saving money in church bank accounts in case of hypothetical future catastrophes (e.g. air conditioning needing replaced, parking lot needing repaved, etc.), than we are spending money to prevent real, present catastrophes (e.g. people dying without Jesus) occurring every day (Mark 16:15-16)?
- Is it possible we give more attention to doctrinal purity than do we moral purity (1 Thessalonians 4:3)?
The purpose of these questions is self-evaluation. I’m not suggesting we abandon one for the other; I’m suggesting we need balance.