• Dr. Mark C. Spellman

Addicted to Mediocrity

“…do all to the glory of God.”
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV)

There is a disease that runs rampant among us today. It has infiltrated our activities, our thoughts, and our lives. Its symptoms are apathy, compartmentalism, and mediocrity. Franky Schaeffer writes in his book, Addicted to Mediocrity (1981),

"In the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, something happened within the church. A strange truncated unscriptural view of spirituality grew up. First spirituality was seen as something separate from the rest of real life. It was above ordinary things: it was cut off and not part of the everyday working out of our lives. Spirituality became something religious and had a great deal less to do with truth, daily life, and applying Christian principles through that life. It became something in itself, both the means to an end and the end in itself. Spirituality became a thing separated from the rest of life. Thus, certain things increasingly were regarded as spiritual and other things as secular."

He goes on to say,

"Either God is the creator of the whole man, the whole universe, and all of reality and existence, or he is the creator of none of it. If God is only the Creator of some divided platonic existence which leads to a tension between the body and the soul, the real world and the spiritual world, if God is only the Creator of some spiritual little experiential "praise—the—Lord" reality, then he is not much of a God. Indeed, he is not I AM at all. If our Christian lives are allowed to become something spiritual and religious as opposed to something real, daily applicable, understandable, beautiful, verifiable, balanced, sensible, and above all united, whole, if indeed our Christianity is allowed to become this waffling spiritual goo that nineteenth—century platonic Christianity became, then Christianity as truth disappears and instead we only have a system of vague experiential religious platitudes in its place. This indeed is what has happened. . . People's lives have become compartmentalized."

Every facet of our lives is to be conformed to the image and likeness of God through

faith in Jesus Christ by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. We are called to live our lives in the realm of the sacred, not in a dichotomy of sacred/secular. Jesus calls his

disciples to conform their lives to His way of life. . . to walk in a manner worthy of our

calling, i.e., our way of life, our thoughts, our words, or actions should reflect the

character of the One by whose name we are called. . . "Christian."

Jesus says in Luke . . .

So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”” (Luke 14:33–35, ESV)

and in Matthew He says. . .

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14–16, ESV)

Let me ask, if you call yourself a Christian, "Are you salt and light?” This means that EVERY area of your life must be under the authority of the one who is the searcher of our souls. It

means submitting to Christ's authority at all times, in all ways, in every place. It means watching carefully what we say to people and what we say about people. It means working out our salvation with fear and trembling. It means living every day trusting in the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

God is the creator of the whole man and to that end, we are to "glorify Him and

enjoy Him forever." He is the Great I AM and because HE IS, we are.

May you live as God's “…. a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9, ESV)

It is my prayer that you would experience a glorious week, basking in the

Light of His Word, reflecting the Light that you profess to be in your heart - that light

that is the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:5), and

considering that whatever you do, it is to be done to the glory of God.

Caste off that addiction to mediocrity!