How now shall we live? What a challenging question. One that every thinking Christian is asking about their particular circumstance in our society’s current atmosphere of turmoil.
Many have written at length in attempting to answer the question “How now shall we live?” Scripture address the multiplicity of books. Ecclesiastes 12:12 tells us, “Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh” (KJV). Another version puts it this way, “There is no end of opinions ready to be expressed. Studying them can go on forever and become very exhausting!” Our Sunday evening study group went through Charles Colson’s book How Now Shall We Live? It was not an easy project for many of us. The worldview concepts presented are often quite involved. Mr. Colson presents them as plainly as possible with the idea that it is good to “know you enemy.” Mr. Colson concludes his book by answering the “so what?” question…what to do with what you’ve learned. It was a worthwhile study. But…
I keep going back to two basic passages in Scripture that directly address the subject: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 and 1 Corinthians 10:31. The first addresses our personal responsibility regarding both our public and private actions. The second addresses our personal responsibility regarding how our actions affecting those around us. In both cases, the theme for each of us is to first consider what God would think of whatever action we are considering, great or small. Can it be as simple as that? Put God first? Consider God first? Look first to please the One who loves us and died for us? Consider first how our actions will affect our brothers and sisters in God’s family, and how God will view it? Consider first how our actions will effect our representation of Christ to the world? Do priorities really matter?
Yes! I truly believe the answer to the question “how now shall we live?” is as simple as this…put God first.