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Hypocritical Christian

AttachmentIt’s easy to be a hypocritical Christian. The comparison game is human nature, so naturally we can start to think well at least I don’t do that… 

I’ve been a Christian since I was young, but I don’t believe I took Christianity seriously all my life. I knew the things I shouldn’t do, but I never had a heart of obedience quite as big as my heart of guilt. If I felt guilty enough, I wanted that to convince me not to sin. It wasn’t a matter of loving God enough to stop, or at least it wasn’t until I was older.

I say all that to say Christians should be more careful. I was a good kid, and I was a Christian in my younger days, but I don’t know that I was a Christ follower in the areas I most needed to be one in, in those areas where I had so much influence.

See, I didn’t get drunk, but I did drink too much. I didn’t have sex, but I might have gone a little too far. I didn’t exactly lie, but I didn’t tell the whole truth either. In my mind, I wasn’t perfect, but I certainly wasn’t as bad as “her” or “him.”

However, the bottom line still remains that I was and am not as good as Christ. Which means that I am imperfect and flawed. I sin. The comparison of my sin to others was bad. But the hypocrisy of my Christianity was just plain sad.

James 2:10 For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.

Matthew 7:1-3 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat other. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?”

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My God Can Relate

I don’t think we can overemphasize the love of God. He really loves us. I can’t fully explain it, but He does. He doesn’t have to. He could just make us be whatever He wants us to be and feel however He wants to about it. But in His infinite wisdom and love He created choice. He created the choice to love us and the choice for us to love Him in return.

Think about it. God is perfect. And that’s the best we can do to describe Him because He is so much more than just that. And He deals with us. He created us. He uses us to create things. And we’re not perfect.

We don’t acknowledge God very often. Some people never will. But He still loves us. He still chooses to use us. Isn’t that love?

AND, He sent His Son to die for us. He saw our sin and imperfection and how empty Heaven would be without us there and decided He didn’t want that. So He sent His Son to die for our sins, past, present, and future.

His sent His Son from Heaven to earth. Perfection to imperfection. Purity to impurity. And why?

Because through His Son He would be able to further relate to us. And to a God that is Love, it’s more important for Him to be able to relate than dictate.

 

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Gimme a Break

Romans 1:25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.

The last part of this verse stands out to me. It’s like Paul said, excuse me for a minute, I need a praise break.

Stay mindful. He’s talking about the foolishness of sin. He’s giving us a report on all the wrongs of idol worship and sexual immorality and really, he’s telling us about the filthiness of sin. And right in the middle of it all, he gives God a shout out, saying, God created everything and is worthy of eternal praise! Eternal praise is everlasting adoration. And God deserves it all!

Image (2)It’s almost like the more he talked about sin, the more God became worthy of praise. The more disgusting the thought of sin became, the more pure God became. The more he talked about the unfaithfulness of man, the more obvious it became that God was faithful.

That’s how it should be with us. We shouldn’t feel like it’s necessary for God to do something in our favor in order for us to praise and worship Him. We should take a praise break simply because of who God is, and the fact that He is nothing like us! Hallelujah!

Can we change these commercials to praise break?

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Plot Twist

Plot TwistThe Pharisees were pretty lowdown. Let’s face it. As we read through the Bible, we pretty much get the feel that they were ridiculous. They were supposed to be upstanding citizens, yet they made it harder for everyone else. They were supposed to know the Scriptures, but didn’t recognize the Scriptures in human form. And they were supposed to be looking forward to the promised Messiah, but instead challenged Him.

At every turn they worked against Jesus, who was supposed to be the very being they were living for. And what’s crazy is that they did even worse things than what they accused Him of.

Mark 3:1-6 (NLT)

Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed hand. Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath. 

Jesus said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” Then he turned to his critics and asked, “Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” But they wouldn’t answer him. 

He looked around at them angrily and was deeply saddened by their hard hearts. Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! At once the Pharisees went away and met with the supporters of Herod to plot how to kill Jesus. 

It wasn’t OK for Jesus to heal on the Sabbath, but it was OK for them to plot to kill on the Sabbath? It wasn’t OK for Jesus to give life, but it was OK for them to take it? Somewhere in their minds, this made sense.

And still today, somewhere in our minds it still makes sense. We may not plot to kill, but we do plan on getting drunk this weekend (Ephesians 5:18). We may not work on the Sabbath, but we do plan on sleeping with our boyfriend (1 Corinthians 6:18). We may tithe our 10%, but we certainly won’t give to the poor (Proverbs 28:27). Better yet, we may respect God, but we wont respect the government He has put in place (Romans 13:1).

We may not plot to kill Jesus, but we may plan to kill our own testimony.

 

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Hear Me Out: It Bothers Me

This morning I had a very interesting thought. I am speaking from what I observe most of the time, so I’m not saying this happens all the time. I’m not here to preach on sin or sinful lifestyles or sinful choices even though that might seem like where I’m going, so hear me out.
It bothers me that if a Christian speaks out against drug abuse, or sex outside of marriage, or drunkenness, very rarely if ever, have I heard the media or public label that person as someone who hates those people. I’ve yet to hear a Christian described as a person who hates people who do drugs or hates people who have sex outside of marriage, or as someone who hates people who get drunk.
So my question is why is that usually the first thing the media wants to tack onto someone who says homosexuality is wrong? If a Christian says homosexuality is a sin then they seem to almost immediately receive this stigma that they hate people who are homosexuals. Why is that?
As a Christian, homosexuality is a sin along with many others. So why is it that if someone says that, they are intolerable and we should boycott everything they do, but that’s not the case when they speak out against other sins?
I am grateful for the Christians who undergo so much scrutiny for simply sharing God’s truth. There have been many who have been successful in the limelight and have not compromised their beliefs. But I am also saddened by our society.
How is it that a group of people can ban together and decide to boycott someone for speaking God’s Truth, and that person can have so much removed from their lives by this movement? Yet, Christians don’t seem to do the same. How can a show like Lucifer be on TV, while the cast of Duck Dynasty has to explain why they don’t mean to be offensive by praying?
Shouldn’t it bother us that we live in a world that if any one group of people disagree with what you said that could be the end of your career? Shouldn’t we be upset that we seem to live in a society that says it’s OK for me to be intolerable of your beliefs when I don’t want to tolerate them?
This isn’t meant to be a blog about homosexuality or drugs or sex outside of marriage or drunkenness or any of the many sins we all commit or have committed. This is just about something I have noticed in our society that, to me, is a real issue. Trust me, I am a communications major so I know the love I should have for the media, but the issue I am addressing here is caused by the power we have given media as a society.
The power to paint the picture of hate where love is the intent. The power to color in lies where truth is spoken. And the ability to get you to believe whatever they say is true without promoting a desire for you to research it yourself. Let’s all do better, OK?

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One Sin = One Lash

What if Jesus took one less lash across his back and I had to live with that one extra lie? Or what if he said no to being flogged, and that was my impure thoughts unpaid for? Jesus had to go through it all so that I could experience all that God has for his children.

Couldn’t he just come and die? Well, yeah, but what would the cost have been for you? Jesus paid my sin debt by going through every bit of the painful process of shame, beatings, and crucifixion. It all was necessary because ALL of my sins needed to be forgiven.

So what if I lived today as if that one lie I don’t tell is one less lash on Christ’s back? What if I lived today like I understand someone died so that I could live eternally? What if just one day at a time I lived not thinking that works could get me into Heaven but thankful that works don’t keep me out?

I guess what I’m saying is, what if for one day, I stopped living for me and actually starting living for God?

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20 Items (Sins) or Less

Sarah went to the grocery store today. She had family coming in town and nothing to eat, so she piled up her buggy to prepare a feast. By the time she finished shopping she had two carts full of groceries and other necessities. 

As her things were bagged and she began to check out, she saw that she was spending the last of her money on this “shopping spree.” As she began to hand the clerk her card, the clerk smiled and wished her a great day. Puzzled, Sarah attempted to hand her the card again. The clerk again wished her a great day and did not take her card, telling her that someone paid for her purchase weeks ago. 

As silly as that example may seem, it’s simply what Christ has done for you and me when it comes to salvation. All the baggage I’ve piled up, has already been paid for many many years ago. There’s no layaway except my own delay to accept Christ. There’s no 20 items (sins) or less salvation. It’s simply accepting I’m a sinner and that Jesus has came and died for my sins. It’s needing and believing. Knowing that I needed Christ and that I needed saving in order to spend eternity with God. It’s believing that He is the only way to God.

Christ had to come to make me right with God. And when He came to live, die, and be resurrected, He defeated death. Because of that, I will give and live my life for Him. He has done the work and paid the price for my sin debt. I need Him, believe that!

Romans 10:9-10 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

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