There is a sad reality within Christian culture of what some have called “easy-believism.” This mind-set thinks all is well if one simply believes some of Christianity’s basic truths. No change of heart or transformation of character is needed, just mental affirmation that this set of beliefs is true and others are false.
One of the problems with this mind-set—other than the fact that it is unbiblical—is the fact that “easy-believism” tends to come crashing in on itself when things aren’t going so well in life. In these verses, God told of a similar situation that would occur with His people. Notice the connection between God giving them this land filled with abundance and them eventually forsaking God and turning toward idols. They needed God and God helped them by giving them the land He promised. Then, instead of living in constant thankfulness and dependence upon God, they satisfied themselves with the gifts of God instead, eventually giving way to idolatry and “easy-believism.”
Like the Israelites, the reminder for us is never to become so satisfied with God’s provisions that we lose our way and forget our greatest need: Him. Because if and when we do, the next step we take will be toward a lifestyle of “easy-believism.”
In what ways have you fallen into “easy-believism,” focusing more on what you believe than on who you have been made in Christ?