What does faithfulness to God look like in Middle Class America?

23 Aug

I’ll let you define whether or not you feel like you are Middle Class.  When I use the word “Middle Class”, I’m referring to pretty much everyone that is a part of Faith Church.  Not ultra-rich, but not in extreme poverty.

So what does faithfulness look like in middle class America, when we are swamped with bills, with work, with a million events, loads of entertainment options, sports, hobbies and we are just trying to keep it together?  We are much more focused on whether or not God is going to be faithful to us. 

For some of us, to think that we need to grow more faithful to God can feel overwhelming.  And so we have to ask why?  When we know that God’s way is the best way, the way of abundant life, why do we inwardly rebel? 

For some of us there are roadblocks to faithfulness. What causes people to not be faithful?

5 Responses to “What does faithfulness to God look like in Middle Class America?”

  1. Sherri Patton August 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Boy oh Boy, that is such a powerful question! Most would hesitate to answer, but for me I think if you can answer it, you have accomplished half the battle.
    To me, everyone’s answer would be the same. LIFE. Our Society. However, I think how we deal with the road block would all be different. But what I have discovered in the 3 yrs since being saved, Prayer is the answer. Trusting that God will Provide and not let you down. But it is SO hard! Letting go of that control, and relying on his way. And staying focused yourself, staying away from Sin. All the while, he still loves us unconditionally!
    So to some it all up, I believe we rebel because it’s the easy way. We don’t want to give up that control. Sorry if I rambled! Just had a lot of thoughts. 🙂

  2. Lisa B August 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Interesting question. I’m not sure I’ve linked faithfulness with Middle Class America in my mind before. This morning I read about the widow’s mite and how she was praised by Jesus for giving out of her poverty while those who gave out of their suprlus were not honored. I was convicted because I heard God saying it takes more faith to give out of what you lack than to give where you have abundance. Not sure if that goes with what you’re saying, but it’s where I went. 🙂

    • joelkime August 24, 2013 at 11:48 am #

      Very applicable to this discussion, Lisa! I’d be interested in hearing how you and others would respond to this!

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