The word "observe" means to "keep" or to "preserve". [Heb. shamar 08104]. The implication is that once the child of God is born of His Grace, by the hearing of the Word of faith, he must go on to be attentive and labor to preserve the integrity of the precepts of God. This is to be done in both word and deed. Without the diligent exercising of duty, the Christian has not fulfilled his Covenant responsibility.
It is a sad fact that many who claim to be Christian children of God have no pragmatic understanding of their commission. Too often, in many churches, the responsibility of the saint is restricted to evangelism. "Win souls to Christ", say the preachers. Although an essential component of Biblical duty, this message is only a small portion of the "whole counsel of God". If the whole of the Great Commission, and the comprehensive counsel of God is restricted to an "ecclesiastic, evangelical" slant, then the Christian has not done his or her duty.
What has become the norm in the Christian Community is a posture of "personal introvert-ism". A spiritual "tunnel-vision" has gripped the people. The entire concern of the saint is placed upon himself, and his relationship to God, rather than his duty to address the economic, social and political ills in the world.
This idea of limiting the Christian's life by "trying to be more holy, and more righteous" is contrary to the Scriptures. The Christian must realize that by being "In Christ", the soul has become holy, just, and good, perfectly. The flesh will always lust after sin, and the workings of sin will naturally be manifested in daily living. Obedience, therefore is essential to mortify the deeds of the body, yet, personal obedience should never be sought solely as an effort to get right with God.
Self-absorbed Christianity, is called "Pietism". Pietism is a dreadful snare which stresses the ability of man, and focuses upon the self, by entirely ignoring pertinent issues of society. Thus, "pietism" under