People who aren’t rooted and grounded in Truth have a hard time “staying in the middle” and leading well-balanced lives, I think. They don’t have God as an anchor in the center of things, so they wander off in one direction or another.
Martyrs died in Japan to try to bring life. The rationalist/racist asian approach to life led to carnage and very unbalanced lives. It’s hard as a westerner to condemn though because our secular rationalists create the same society here, with only cultural differences, but the same sort of fumbling about for principle and balance.
I talk to prisoners and it’s so hard for the new Christians, the men that found Christ in jail, to picture what that life outside jail will be like. Will it be boring, they ask; you can’t always do things the Christian way can you? That sort of fear. It’s hard to explain to them except personally, what the good life is, what the good life offers. A lot of them feel like they aren’t that sort of person, almost a cultural difference, like we are a different sort of person than they are. It’s amusing to hear from a man in prison that life as a Christian on the outside must be boring. I just feel like saying “Dude, I can at least order a pizza or go to a ball game.”
I have seen it with my own eyes.