So many thoughts have come and gone…
Psalms 46:5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
It has been two weeks since my last blog post…So many thoughts have come and gone. Here is one from the past: I came to believe in Christianity from a family that did believe in God and Jesus they seemed to believe because Christians are humans and don’t live their faith perfectly there was something amiss with Christianity. They were hypocrites…
One point was: ‘How hypocritical one hour a week Christians’ are. I wish I could refute that but alas in some ways yes, they are right. As it is said by honest and dishonest Christians alike ‘I’m human, I fall, I’m broken I have problems’.
I attribute this to both the honest and dishonest Christian and the difference is the heart. The honest Christians actually try to overcome their humanity. They struggle, fall, rise to fight again. The dishonest never put in an effort to overcome, they use the ‘I’m just human’ as an excuse.
And there is something amiss not with Christianity but with our person and some people’s perception. As one preacher told a contact when the person said he couldn’t come to church ‘there are hypocrites at that church’, the preacher responded you can come on and worship with us there’s always room for one more (hypocrite).
We know there are honest and dishonest people at church, but there are also the same people in grocery stores, hardware stores, doctor’s offices and beyond. This fact doesn’t stop the ones who won’t go to church from buying groceries or anything else.
The question isn’t about hypocrites in the church it’s the hypocrite in people. People now are more likely to tell someone asking about church attendance they just aren’t interested. That is an honest answer…but not a better answer, just more honest.
Now the problem is someday we will all stand before the judgement seat and those who aren’t interested today won’t be prepared at the judgement seat but—what about today?
Look around at our world today. Does it make a difference today? We are seeing the evidence of a world ‘not interested’ in God or a godly life-style. Where the answer I’m not interested may be more honest the effects are the same. We see homes without fathers/parents and families without an anchor to guide their lives.
What have we replaced the one hour a week Christian with? Nothing, we replaced it with nothing. And having no spiritual replacement whatsoever has not made us a better society.
Even a poor struggling Christian with all of their foibles is better than what we have now. We have a society that has cast off any semblance of morality. One phrase I’ve heard from Jordan Peterson is ‘I always try to live as if I believe there is a God’. That mind set won’t necessarily get anyone into heaven, but living here as if there is God will make this world a better place and through a study and exposure to the Word of God possibly bring them to salvation.
Where is faith? There is an old bulletin board that reads: Sitting in Church doesn’t’ make you a Christian any more than sitting in the garage makes you a car. The down side of that is that at least sitting in Church will help expose you to scriptures and choosing the Church of God’s own choice will expose you to Godly teachings.
As one of those struggling broken Christians heeding the preacher’s admonition, Come on to Church with us there is always room for one more.
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.