Consistent Christianity

Consistent Christianity, by Michael C. Grif­fiths; Inter-Varsity Press; 126 pp

There are many in the world today who are called Christians. The world watches these people very closely. The way in which a Christian con­ducts himself, therefore, is very important. In this book, Griffiths writes about the walk of the Chris­tian. He shows how our walk can be more God glorifying and more consistent with the word “Christian”.

What are Christians for? This is the basic question that Griffiths asks. He says that we have to begin by wondering why God created us. Most would answer that Christians were made to go to heaven. This doesn’t tell what we are to do while we are on the earth. Our earthly walk is signifi­cant as well. Far too often, the emphasis is put on where Christians will spend eternity, and not enough time is spent on how we must spend this life. From this basis, the author begins to show us how we are to walk on earth. We must walk in love for the Lord. This love must be so great that, in comparison, our earthly love does not begin to measure up with our love for God. Therefore, this life must be spent showing this love for God in all things. We must not be pious on Sunday and for­get about God the rest of the week.

Part of showing our love for God on this earth requires love for our neighbors. Griffiths develops this point by looking at the positive requirements of the last six commandments. These deal with the attitudes of Christians towards their neigh­bors.

The author explains that honoring father and mother can lead to better family life (5th com­mandment). He says we must build up and strengthen our neighbors. We must also help and assist the needy (6). We are encouraged to think clean thoughts and to keep our minds from stray­ing to lustful thoughts (7). Griffiths says that if we trust God to supply our needs, we will not steal. Rather, we must give to those who need (8). He says that if we keep our promises, be truthful, and watch what we say, we will be good witnesses to our neighbor (9). Finally, the author exhorts us to be humble and content with what we have (10). He ends by saying that we must live our lives to “bear fruit to the praise of Christ.”

The reason that I strongly recommend this book is because of the positive view of the author. He tells Christians what they must do, he doesn’t use the “don’t” method to teach us what to do. As Christians, we must do the work of God. We must accept His will for us. Christians, live for Him!

Hebrews 13:20-21. “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you per­fect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”