With all of our hearts let us pray. With all of our energy let us work to encourage those who have abandoned their first love to COME BACK HOME! May such efforts represent not for us a program, but a lifestyle. In this article, Marlin Connelly explains how some are caught away from the Lord.
The State of Alabama passed a law against owning a Japanese import-not just any import, mind you, but one: Kudzu seeds. Imported from Japan in 1876 to control erosion, this vine has taken over the South. Growing as much as 100 feet a summer-a foot a day this pest has spread beyond the gullies to cover whatever is in its path: trees, old houses, or power lines. Kudzu now covers over seven million acres in Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama, an area the size of Belgium. Farmers, lumbermen, and utility companies fight an unending battle against this intruder.
What worries me is the ease with which we allow our spiritual lives to be kudzued. Things which are not wrong in themselves - careers, hobbies, week-ending - have smothered the life out of the personal devotion and congregational involvement of untold thousands. Jesus Himself explained how it happens: "And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection" (Luke 8:14).
Don't Get Kudzued!