by Randy Chambers, 2014-12-03
Revelation 2:4, NIV: Yet I hold this against you: You
have forsaken your first love.
It has been said that, “familiarity breeds contempt.” One author writes,
“Familiarity breeds unfamiliarity--unsuspected unfamiliarity, and then contempt.”
The notion is that when frequently exposed to something, we begin to lose sight
of its value. We treat it as though it is not worthy our consideration, time, or
attention. Perhaps we do not actively view it with disdain, yet we, by simple
neglect, hold it in a subtle contempt. For most of us, modern society is well
exposed to Christ and Christian doctrine. There are Bibles to be had, churches
to attend, and opinions on Christian philosophy at every turn. And that is good,
right? Consider cultures that do not have such offerings. People hide to meet
and worship, and scripture is still sacred and hungered for. One might contend
that they are richer than we, for they still see the worth of such things, and
hold them in high regard. But we are blessed, right? We have all we could want.
If only we could want what we have a little more.