It has been cited as a flaw in Christianity that it is more concerned with the world to come than with the world that now is, and some timid souls have been fluttering about trying to defend the faith of Christ against this accusation as a mother hen defends her chicks from the hawk.
Both the attack and the defense are wasted. No one who knows what the New Testament is about will worry over the charge that Christianity is otherworldly. Of course it is, and that is precisely where its power lies.
Christianity, which is faith in Christ, trust in His promises and obedience to His commandments, rests down squarely upon the Person of Christ. What He is, what He did and what He is doing — these provide a full guarantee that the Christian’s hopes are valid. Christianity is what Christ says it is. His power becomes operative toward us as we accept His words as final and yield our souls to believe and obey.
Christ is not on trial; He needs no character witnesses to establish His trustworthiness. He came as the Eternal God in time’s low tabernacle. He stands before no human tribunal, but all men stand before Him now and shall stand for judgment at the last. Let any man bring the faith of Christ to the bar of man’s opinion, let him try to prove that the teachings of Christ are in harmony with this philosophy or that religion, and he is in fact rejecting Christ while seeking to defend Him. lpse dixit, He has said it, is sufficient answer to all criticisms of Christ’s claims.
Christianity has over the last half century been badly shaken by the criticisms of certain social philosophers. These gentlemen have assumed the basic soundness of the present world system. With a few improvements here and there a prosperous, healthy and peaceful society could be established right here on this earth, and to do this, say they, is the whole duty of man.
These men were observant enough to see that their concept of a permanently peaceful world was contrary to the teachings of the New Testament, so they quite naturally turned impatiently from them. Unfortunately many influential Christian leaders were not astute enough to notice the contradiction between the ipse dixits of Christ and the doctrines of the social dreamers and, smarting under the charges hurled at them by the one-world thinkers, they retreated from their Christian position and ran after the social philosophers, crying “Me too, me too,” in a frantic effort to prove that the world had misunderstood Christianity all along. In doing this they, of course surrendered all that is unique in the faith of Christ and adopted an emaciated Christianity which is little more than a ghost of the faith once delivered.
Let no one apologize for the powerful emphasis Christianity lays upon the doctrine of the world to some. Right there lies its immense superiority to everything else within the whole sphere of human thought of experience. When Christ arose from death and ascended into heaven and established forever three important facts: namely, that this world has been condemned to ultimate dissolution, that the human spirit persists beyond the grave and that there is indeed a world to come.
Taken from the book ‘Of God and Men’ by AW Tozer
Published by Gospel Literature Service.