I love, I Love Lucy. In a memorable episode, a silly martial argument leads to splitting the house with a rope line. And although the division only caused more conflict, for viewing purposes, it was quite comical.
The Jamie Foxx Show re-mixed the scenario—its version leading to a diplomatic dance-off!
In both situations, the house-mates agree to disagree—only to realize that their home was no longer functional. For example, the television was on one person’s side, but the outlet was on the other’s. And while one was chuckling along to his favorite show, the other justifiably yanked out the plug!
Our bodies are temples which house conflicting entities, both flesh and spirit. As opposed to ‘crucifying the flesh’ so the spirit can reign within us, we often take a diplomatic approach. We agree to disagree. We give a part of ourselves to the desires of the spirit, and the other part to the desires of the flesh--it’s the foundation of Comfortable Christianity. And what God is doing on one side, the flesh is yanking out on the other.
I’ll give you a general example.
Like many Comfortable Christians, I love Jesus… and secular music… that usually glorifies sex, drugs, and drunkenness. I often tried to remedy this disagreement between flesh and spirit by dividing my attention—I’d listen to gansta rap, and then balance it with Hillsong worship.
Both a tragedy and a comedy, Comfortable Christianity is like a sitcom. The world is watching our compromising resolutions, which for their purposes, is quite comical.
Essentially we’re saying, “Stay on your side of the line, Jesus. This half is yours, and this half will remain carnal. Don’t touch my material envy, my sex life, my pride, my whatever.”
But here’s the ultimate catch: the division within us--the lines we draw preventing Christ to take hold of the entire ‘temple’--is exactly what Satan desires. The compromise not only stumps our spiritual growth, but it brings mockery from unbelievers. A tragedy for us, a comedy for them.
“As it is written: "God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you." Romans 2:24