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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Don't think you know me....

Don’t think you know me because I am a mother, don’t think you know me because I am a wife and CERTIANLY don’t think you “know me” because I am a CHRISTIAN!!!

People have some serious misconceptions about Christians, but it isn’t their fault. Christians have caused these misconceptions and will continue to foster the false ideas that so many Christians have given people!

I’ve always noticed this off and on, but lately I’ve come to realize how WRONG some Christians have it, even how wrong some churches have it!! Mr. Goodbar and I are lucky enough to be part of a church that can seriously foster the right attitude towards our community and the people in it. Our pastor doesn’t shy away from the “taboo” issues that a lot of churches are (for lack of a better word) scared to discuss!!

What gives Christians the right to misquote the Bible or twist its words to suit them? What gives them the right to only accept part of the truth and not the whole truth? What gives them the right to sit by while other Christians loose their way and not try to help them? Then all the sudden the Christians who stand up against this or try to help others get “a bad name”.

I’m so tired of people acting like I am “one of those Christians”…the kind that will talk down to you or condemn you for your life/beliefs. First, I’m not the one that condemns, God is!!! Second, I believe all people falter and all people fail….if we didn’t what would have been the point of Jesus Christ coming to Earth? All people sin, sin is separation from God and the penalty for sin is death…that’s just the way it is. Why can’t Christians tell people that? (Now, I do understand there has to be compassion and tact) Why can’t I tell someone they will go to Hell if they choose not to accept Jesus Christ as their savior?

Secondly, I am not “one of those Christians” that will idly stand by while you choose to live a life not becoming of a Christian but claim to be one! That doesn’t make me less of a Christian or bad Christian nor does it make me a poor disciple of Christ! I don’t understand why Christians have sat by and let the world be overcome with non-Christians or (in my opinion even worse), false Christians or luke warm Christians!

I believe that not being a Christian is one thing and a person will have to answer for that, but claiming to be a Christian when you lead a life contradictory is another, and a person will have to answer for that too; as will the person who makes them think it is okay to do so!! I believe that there are Christians who claim to be Christians that are only that in name…or as I have pointed out before they wanted a “get out of Hell free card”. You can’t choose to live a life contradictory to the Bible and firmly believe that it is okay to do so (or twist the Bible to be what you want) and think that is okay with God.

God wants a relationship with you…not a one time commitment! If I got married then lived every day as if I didn’t know “the rules of marriage” and not committed to that marriage, what kind of marriage would I have? Why would I take on such a HUGE commitment if I wasn’t willing to live inside that marriage and work daily to make it better? Just the same, why would someone become a Christian, make that commitment, yet not live in that commitment daily? Why would a Christian allow another Christian to make that commitment and yet not help them see they have to live in that commitment daily?

What kind of pastor would our pastor be if he spoke with someone about salvation but told them that he can’t tell them how to live and they need to change their lives to live FOR God, not AROUND God?!? I’m sure most Christians believe that pastors should feel that way….however why are pastor held to a different level of responsibility than every other Christian? We are all called to serve God, live for God, so why are we not telling people the same thing?

1 Timothy 6:11-12
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses

If you are a Christian, first, think of your walk with Christ. Are you living by his word….every part of it, or are you “finding ways out” because it’s a “gray area” or it doesn’t spell it out? Second, think of your attitude. Are you accepting criticism with a Christ-like attitude or are you constantly defending your stance? Are you open to other Christians who are trying to help you grown in your walk? Third, think of how you are with other Christians, especially those who you know aren’t right in their walk. Are you allowing them to believe their way of living is okay? Are you side-stepping things so you don’t hurt their feelings? Are you choosing not to say anything because you don’t want to get involved? You are involved…God has placed you in the path of certain people for reasons unknown to us. How do you know your purpose isn’t to help them change their lives around to live FOR God?

James 2:14-26
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder. You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

1 comment:

jenny said...

I guess there is a balance, on the one hand we can be genuinely judgmental of others, by maybe their dress code, or something, on the other hand we can be too non judgmental, when someone is obviously and genuinely going astray. We will be known by our fruits.