I have been having some intense thoughts for several months and I think it is time I put them into words.
I float around the web. Besides the site I own I visit several other sites. Only one regularly. On that site I feel a definite negative vibe to the Christian view point.
I have been thinking about this and I finally came to a place where I think the divide begins. Christ said the world would hate us just as it hated him. What most folks try to do is guilt Christians into being what the world thinks a Christian should be.
When Christians stand firm on anti-God things the world tells us we do not have a “Christian” attitude. Some even claim to have been believers at one point but left because of hypocrisy in the church. The problem is these folks are fallen away. Lured away by the supposed righteous indignation of the world.
Get a grip the world is not righteous. Only God who created it, his Son and the Holy Spirit are righteous.
Let’s look at what God calls Christians to do.
We are to be meek. No flaunting ourselves. Mat. 5:5.
We are to work hard and take care of our own. 1 Thes. 4:11
We are to be content. Phil. 4
There is a list of things we will be. God calls it the fruit of the Spirit.
Gal 5: Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Gal 5:23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Gal 5:24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Gal 5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
Gal 5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
We are also told what we will NOT do if we are true to Christianity.
Gal 5:17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
Gal 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,
Gal 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
Gal 5:21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
1Co 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
1Co 6:10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
1Co 6:11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Notice in the Corinthian verses, And such WERE, past tense, some of you. In other words you can not claim being saved while still practicing worldly living. You can not support the ideas of worldly living as a saved believer.
Now does that mean we hate and wish harm on those who are worldly? No, enmity is hate. Which is listed up there as not a fruit of the spirit.
So the world has enmity with us because we do not buy into their fleshly, feels good, I want to do it so I can ways. Yet they want us to believe that by being against these things we are not real Christians.
The world knows that God does not speak against things we can not control. How do I know they understand that? Because suddenly many things Christians stand against are diseases, disabilities or otherwise listed as things that are unavoidable.
Alcoholism is now a disease. No it is not. It is a choice. From the first drink a person makes a choice to take the next. Eventually the alcohol can gain control. Addiction always begins with a choice. Christians can drink. We can not become drunk. There is a distinction.
Homosexuality is the same. God did not put it in our dna, there is no scientific proof that there is a gene for homosexuality. It is a choice. Once the choice is made walking away from it may not be easy but God condemns it so you can not choose it and him at the same time. Are homosexuals bad people? Not all of them. Some are kind and loving and so on. They are still in sin and condemned when they choose that sin over God.
One of the big ones for me is helping others. I love to help others. However even in this there are biblical guidelines.
Those who will not work should not eat. 2Thes 3.
The widows who get help are widows indeed. That is a woman whose husband has died, not a divorcee or single mom, and she is about 65 years old. Nor should she have family that can help her. If she does it is her family’s job to help, not the church’s. 1 Tim 5.
These things sometimes are hard for us. The church’s first mission however is to teach the word of God. God knew that we would be easy marks for all if we were not told how to judge and decide who and when to stand firm.
Regardless of what the world says, we need to remember who is in charge of our lives. Here is a hint, it is not the media.