How should Christian’s conduct themselves?
Boy, that’s a pertinent question and evidently it was a pertinent question in the early church as well for this is exactly the question that Paul answers in his first letter to Timothy.
“Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth”. (1 Timothy 3:14-15)
Two things really struck me about this statement. First, it is okay to expect proper behavior of people in the life of the church and it is proper to teach this “right conduct.” Paul certainly believed that the instructions he was giving Timothy were appropriate – appropriate for teaching and appropriate for living out.
The other idea that really hit me was the description of God as the pillar and foundation of the truth – I really like that picture. I believe that truth and right conduct based on that truth are as stable and unchanging as the God they are founded on.
The idea of absolute truths stands in stark contrast to the moral relativism popularized by our culture but our desire should be to hone in on the principles for Godly living and then, by the power of the Spirit, demonstrate them in our lives.