Christians by Miro
Today I read this poem by Miro about “Christians”. It made me cry because it’s way too true. I am sure there have been times that I have inadvertently harmed the cause of Christ. I would never do it on purpose, though. I hate that “Christians” often give Christians a black eye in the eyes of the world.
I am not talking about legitimate righteous anger.
I am not talking about calling sin sin.
I am talking about Christians who talk the talk in church, and then forget about God through the rest of the week.
Some of these people are well meaning Christians who have no idea they are giving a bad empression. Others are goats among the sheep. They have no real relationship with the Father, only giving lip service to something they don’t really own. I have recently learned that just because I know the truth, does not mean it is the correct time or place to trot it out there, for it, and Christ will be rejected. If someone asks, I will speak the truth, but I have learned (I hope) to pick my battles a little more wisely.
One issue involves facebook, other social sites, and words. OMG means Oh, My God! Taking the name of the Lord in vain is not OK for Christians, even if it is in an acronym, and it leaves a bad taste in the mouth of those who see it and hear it. Then there are those that praise God with their mouth on Sunday and then tell or snicker at dirty jokes through the week. Still others will post these wonderful, godly things and then post something that is inappropriate or off color. We post our praises and then confess our adiction to shows that dishonor God. God calls this “double-minded”, but the world calls it two-faced.
These people are ready at the drop of a hat to start spewing rage and hatred at others, rather than see them as God sees them. They rail against sinners for being sinners rather than loving them to Christ. I’m not saying there’s not a time and place for anger, there is. I am saying that we need to make sure this is anger God approves. One verse I try to keep in mind as I negotiate these waters is this:
“The wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” James 1:20
I’m better than you priders
This is a hard line to walk if we want to come across as humble rather than prideful. We are not better than anyone else; we’re just forgiven. This happens between “Christians” as well as between Christians and the world. Slipping into
hypocrit pharisee mode is too easy, and Christians must guard their heart against allowing this to happen. When Christ is in our hearts and we pursue a deepening relationship with Him, we let go of pride as we realize just how wretched we really are in comparison to him. Pride comes when we compare ourselves to others; humility comes when we compare to Christ.
The state of our world is not the fault of sinners doing what sinners do. It is the Christian who has responsibility for, “if my people, which are called by my name, shal humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14
This post is really a step outside of the norm, but I don’t do it to condemn. I have been guilty just like everyone else. We are sinners who will continue to struggle with our sin nature for as long as we are on this earth, but we can do better. This is a call to repentence for all of us. It’s ok if you disagree with me, but I hope those of us who claim the name “Christian” you will seek to remove those quotes by living a life that points others to Christ. When we earnestly seek His face, we will become the salt and light that makes the world want to know what’s going on.
For those of you who have kindly taken the time to read this post even though you don’t claim the name Christian, just be patient with us. It’s easy to discern the real from the fake if you watch close enough. Christianity, truly lived, draws others to want what this person has that makes him or her so different.
“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
::stepping off my soapbox:: I love you all!