So, do I have your attention? Good. Cause I’m really not that brazen in real life but since the dawn of the Internet, introverted persons like myself everywhere have been able to say what we’ve been thinking without having to worry about the confrontation. But I understand that the title of a blog needs to stand out in order for people to click on it and read, so now that I have your attention allow me to expound on the six things that Christians do that we definitely should not.
So here it is, some of my views on what some Christians are choosing to support and since they claim to be Christians that puts them in the realm of judgment so to speak. Wait… what? Christians are supposed to judge other Christians? No way. Yeah way, just check out what the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians….
When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”
1 Corinthians 5:9-13 NLT
That brings us to the start of our countdown, here is the 6th thing Christians must stop supporting.
6. Stop supporting “non judgment”
We love the verse that says “judge not lest ye be judged” because we can smack someone over the head with it when they try to point out our sin. Have you considered that when you say “don’t judge me” to another person that you are judging that person? You are judging that person for judging you, even before one can say “don’t judge” they have to make a judgement call as to whether or not they themselves are being judged.
Often times Christians confuse “Thou shalt not judge” as being one of the top ten, but it’s not. Read Paul’s letter to the Corinthians again and tell me, is not the entire letter full of judgements? Not to mention the other epistles or even revelation when Jesus “judged” the seven churches.
Anyway my point is that today we see a lot of Christians jumping on the bandwagon of pop culture and supporting things that Christians aren’t supposed to be a part of, and right now I’m not talking about those things, I’m talking about the Christians themselves that support those things.
According to Paul’s letter, if you say you are a Christian and you are doing something contrary to scripture that means you are open to the constructive criticism of other Christians. For example, if I supported the murder of an entire race of people, you as a Christian should confront me about it, do it gently and with kindness but it is your obligation to come to me with scripture and with a loving heart to tell me that my position is wrong.
Before you can discern my position you must judge me, without you judging me there is no way to tell the difference between good and bad behavior.
Ironically those we are NOT supposed to judge are the only ones we judge, those outside the church are the ones God Himself will judge, those are none of our business.
The refusal amongst Christians to judge each other makes my list because as I’m sure you’re aware many churches have been embracing non-Christ like behavior for far too long. They do it for a number of reasons, not the least of which is probably the numbers and their relevance, but staying quiet about sin is a sin in itself, a sin of omission, a sin of not doing something good, is as bad as as the sin of doing something bad.
5. Saying we are good.
God is good. Period. We are not, we do and say and think things all the time that were we to call them good Peter, Paul and John would cast us out of the church on the spot.
When I wake up in the morning I envision how good I’m going to be, I will be kind, I will be generous and I will have patience… and then… I get out of bed. I can’t even make my way to work without having some sort of evil thought about somebody.
Before you jump to any conclusion about what those evil thoughts are remember that if it isn’t good, it is evil.
An evil thought can be something as simple as what you think of the guy who cut you off, or what went through your head as you passed the jogger wearing yoga pants.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:23 NIV
For me to say “I’m a good person” I have to judge those around me as being either good or bad before I can conclude that I am good. If I want to be good, if I want to equate myself with God, I would have to be perfect in every way, never sin, never have an evil thought, never… NEVER!
The truth is there are no good people, there are only bad people, people that are self-serving, self-centered and did I mention they only care about themselves? Some people do good things periodically, some do good things everyday, but none, not one has ever been able to be so good that they could earn their own way into heaven, that’s the whole reason God sent His Son in the first place, we aren’t good, not even the Apostles were good enough to earn their own way, not Mother Teresa, not Gandhi, and not even you. We need Jesus, He is the only Way, He is the only One who can even drive us to the point of goodness we’re at. We are a bad people that do bad things, but with Him we occasionally pull off the odd good deed. So stop saying you are a good person and start doing good things, you can start by inviting Jesus into your heart and then you won’t believe how good you can be.
4. Stop tolerating sin.
We live in a culture and society that doesn’t want to call anything sin, everything is ok as long as it makes you feel good, but I’m not picking on those outside the church today, I’m picking on those inside the church who refuse to call the outside world what it is.
Christians have become complacent with the world, we don’t want to be called those awful names that they call us (bigot, ignorant, intolerant, hypocrite) so we choose not to say anything at all. I know it can get confusing, didn’t I just say that we aren’t to judge the outside world, that’s God’s job? Well yes I did and it’s true but we still have to discern between right and wrong, we can’t approve of what’s going on out there, we can’t just sit back and let it all happen. Sometimes we must speak, after all as human beings we do have a right in this culture to have our voices heard as well. Obviously we do it not with anger and judgemental attitudes, but with kindness and respect.
The world is forcing things on us that we simply don’t approve of, God doesn’t approve of, we must call it what it is if we are going to be His hands and feet. Jesus was not afraid to call sin… sin, and we shouldn’t be either. I don’t care if that means I’m a hypocritical bigot, abortion is wrong, homosexuallity is wrong, murder is wrong, getting drunk is wrong. That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love the people that do these things, it means He wants everyone to choose Him, choose Him OVER the self centered reasons that lead people to commit those sins, but make no mistake, sin is sin, and we must not call something good that God called sin.
3. Stop being politically correct.
I know it’s hard to navigate the book of political correctness, that’s why I don’t even bother, I would rather be biblically correct anyway. Unlike the Bible, political do’s and don’ts contradict each other, you can’t use the name of Jesus when talking about Christmas, but you can use the name when cursing. Nobody wants to acknowledge what Christmas is about and yet everyone takes the day off.
Politicians try not to offend anyone and yet end up offending everyone.
Easter is about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, being politically correct somehow means you can celebrate Easter while not believing in the very reason for it.
Being politically correct means God is out and the ultimate control in your life is you, Christians have no business even taking part in that. As a Christian, God is in control of everything, even you, and we cannot have it both ways.
We know we are going to offend people by being Christians and you know what, that’s OK, that’s how we know we’re doing it right.
God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.
Matthew 5:10-12 NLT
2. Stop seeing the end of the world in everything that happens. We weren’t meant to know when it’s gonna happen, not even Jesus knows so please live your life, enjoy it and if you want to spread the gospel do it by talking about how awesome God is, not by spreading the doom and gloom of the end of time.
That’s all I’m saying about that.
1. Stop posting those Facebook pics promising if you share then God will bless you.
If you think that sharing a picture of someone in pain will somehow get God to bless you, well you don’t know God.
I’m all for talking about God and keeping the conversation focused on Him, however a Facebook picture of a woman who has been badly burned, with a caption that says “1 share = 100 prayers” is bad doctrine my freinds.
1 prayer equals exactly 1 prayer nothing more and nothing less, also clicking share on Facebook does not mean you’ve prayed about it, or that you’ve prayed at all, getting down on your knees and asking God to help her through this is a prayer.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about prayer and praying on Facebook or asking for prayers on Facebook is all good, but let’s get real folks most of those pics are only out there for people to see how many times the pic has been shared.
God will bless who He chooses to bless and prayer is a way you can ask Him to bless you, if you are going through something you can use Facebook to ask your friends to pray, but please do not equate clicking on a like or share button with actual prayer, because liking something is not the same as praying about it.
So there you have it, my longest post to date and I hope you enjoyed it, I certainly did writing it.
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Thanks for reading.
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