Many Christians in Europe and North America have abandoned at least most, if not all, of the Church’s values, teachings, and traditions in an attempt to “fit in” with the customs and values of a pagan, secular culture.
Like the Jews of the Maccabean period, who left their Jewish faith in the One True God and their Jewish culture for Greek gods and Greek culture, many European and North American Christians have left the Church to worship the gods of socialism, relativism, consumerism, and atheism (the god of self) and left behind a Chrisitian culture for a pagan culture.
Too many Christians are abandoning Christ in favor of “politically correctness.” Too many Christians believe that their faith and how they conduct their lives are separate and distinct. Faith and how a life is lived are not separate and distinct. Love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is reflected in not only in worship and prayer, but also in work, play, and recreation – that is, every aspect and moment of one’s life. Faith is a life lived in faith.
Judas Maccabeus and his family fought for the importance of a life centered on God and his commandments, statues and ordinances. We as members of Christ’s body must stand up and speak the Truth revealed by Christ and a life lived according to His mercy, justice, and love. We are to live our lives according to the beatitudes.