Have we become too laxed? To concerned what others may think? Are we people pleasers or God pleasers? Do we put things before our eyes that would not be pleasing to our Lord? Are we honestly saying “I don’t think so”? It really seems to be everywhere in the Christian circles. We don’t want to offend because we feel that would be wrong, but to offend for Christ is part of “losing my life to gain it”. We become idle in our walk with HIM, as we convince ourselves that as long as I am hanging with like minded Christians all is good. We couldn’t be more wrong! We are to be odd to the world, not idiotic, not meaning go out and just oppose the world at every turn. But we should be standing out. Our life should be screaming “I am happy in my life and its because of what I found, Do you want it too?”
In my opinion, and it only counts in my mind, We would not be so shocked by the world if we were more in touch with it, and the urgency of Christians turning away from their first love would not grab our hearts so if we are teaching that there is no compromise with Jesus. Yes He is loving and good, but he has laid some heavy demands on us, and we are picking and choosing what we will follow, as we go. I am not sure that God is at all impressed with our insignificant sacrifice on HIS account. If it were not election year, would the whole “new age” news have surfaced at all. Would we even look in to what our brothers and sisters are watching or taking in? I am afraid of that answer!
The book of Matthew lays out many commands that Jesus laid out clearly, and surprisingly enough they do not change with translation or variation. I recommend John Piper’s “What Jesus demands from the world?” it really brings it all back to where we should be in making decisions, and mirroring HIS image. I guess my question then to you is…Does Jesus have the right to demand the world? think about it, its deeper than I thought.
As your sister in Christ, and fellow stumbler, I am a friend that just wants to remind you we all have a long way to go, that does not excuse us from moving forward and growing in to all that God has for us. I figure this post isn’t going to make me popular, if you have been a reader here, you know that I really don’t care about that. I do care that someone speaks some truth even when it costs the writer to re-evaluate their self. I am an overcomer, in the power of Jesus, and I want nothing in my mind that would be embarrassing to me with Jesus standing beside me. HE is beside you. Its not a sweet fuzzy thing for when you hurt or are confused, its reality 24/7. (I will come back later today and fill in the scripture to back my stand on this) love ya~