We do not live the lives of Christians!
(William Law, "A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life")
If our common life is not a common course of . . .
renunciation of the world,
poverty of spirit,
and heavenly affection,
we do not live the lives of Christians!
But yet though it is thus plain that this, and this
alone, is Christianity: a uniform, open, and visible
practice of all these virtues. Yet it is as plain, that
there is little or nothing of this to be found, even
among the better sort of people.
You see them often at Church, and pleased with
fine preachers. But look into their lives, and you see
them just the same sort of people as others are, who
make no pretenses to devotion. They have . . .
the same taste of the world,
the same worldly cares, and fears, and joys;
the same turn of mind,
equally vain in their desires.
You see . . .
the same fondness for state and equipage,
the same pride and vanity of dress,
the same self love and indulgence,
the same foolish friendships, and groundless hatreds,
the same levity of mind, and trifling spirit,
the same fondness for diversions,
the same idle dispositions, and vain ways of
spending their time as the rest of the world,
who make no pretenses to Christianity.