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  My Witness

Vol. 2, No. 4, November, 1997

From the Editor
Sr. Jan Nattermann, S.N.C.

Sister Jan Obedience is at the heart of Jesus' life and the core of the gospel. It is an attitude of the mind-eagerness to do the will of the Father! And what is His will for us today? To be a STRONG Church!

"Do your own thing," we hear so often. This kind of attitude counteracts any willingness to even consider others' interests or needs before one's own (Philippians 2:4). Jesus Christ gave us Christian values to live by. Rather than these gospel values forming us, our contemporary society is doing this for us instead of the Church. A subtle undermining of Christian living is seen in materialism, secularism and individualism. "Minimalism" is what is encouraged. Many are falling into that trap.

If we are not on guard and willing to live Christianity as Jesus lived it, our pagan society will destroy Christian life. Non-Christian forces today will not permit weak Christianity to endure. We no longer have the option to continue with a minimalist approach to Christ. To do so is an open invitation to destruction.

Our only option is to have a strong Church "I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth" (Revelation 3:15-16). To be lukewarm is a willingness to be satisfied with less commitment to Jesus Christ and to one another. Our "times" are critical! We can no longer afford to be lukewarm.

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