November 29, 2012
Hey, can we dispense with the annual “whineathon” about how stores are starting to set up for Christmas earlier and earlier each year? And if we can also do away with the “whineathons” close cousin “Christmas, materialism, and the not so true meaning of Jesus’ birth.” Seriously, does anyone actually think that Christians should expect Godly behavior from unbelievers? Really?! We need to stop complaining because the world does not live up to our standards. Need I remind you of John 16:10-11 “10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” Jesus surely understood whose standards the world would live by!
I grow weary of Christians who somehow think we are supposed to live in a Christian Nation. If this is a Christian nation… and it is somehow, sort of, kind of, in some distant way supposed to be like heaven… I’m not so sure about this salvation thing then! Don’t get me wrong, I know that we were founded on many Christian principles and morals (Thomas Jefferson and his philandering and slave holding aside). But “we have come a long way baby” as the commercial used to say and we have not necessarily come in the right direction. If you’re real quiet you can hear the Founding Fathers turning over in their graves… along with 60 million aborted babies.
But, the rant here is not against unbelievers who practice their religion of materialism and selfishness during the Christmas holidays. It only makes sense that they do that! After all, Its consistent with who they are and what they believe… i.e. grab all the gusto you can. (surely not all unbelievers fall into this critical category) I am much more frustrated with “Christians” who don’t practice their stated beliefs!!!!!!!!!!
- Those who say they are Christians… but where is the fruit? 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
- Those who have stood in front of a church or group of believers at some point in their lives and said that Jesus was their Lord but yet have no life to indicate that reality.
- Those who insist their names remain on the role of a church but who have not darkened the door in years and years.
- Those who do their Christian obligation by sending a check somewhere (this isn’t wrong, just incomplete).
- Those who blame the church, the pastor, or anyone they can find for their lack of faith or for their unwillingness to live out the faith.
- Those who complain about the stores being opened to soon but yet find themselves in the throng on “Black Friday”, or any other day when the word “sale” appears.
- This list goes on and on and on…
If we want to whine about something… most of us don’t need to look much farther than the end of our noses… at least I don’t anyway.
I suspect the end of this note is predictable… let’s spend the next month focusing on our faith and what we need to do to walk in a way that is pleasing to God. Let unbelievers do what they need to do. We do not live up/down to their standards we live/walk by Gods standards. Ephesians 5: 15 Be very careful, then, how you live (walk)—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.