It has been said when rescuing someone from drowning, to approach them from the back. Because of their panic, if you come at them from the front, they could grab you & pull you down with them. Fear & panic can cause you to think & act unwisely.
As Christians, I think this is the same thing that happens to us sometimes. We get news that times are a changin’ & we panic. Bless our hearts. We start saying things that are not uplifting. We start acting like we know it all & are sooo much better than what is going on that we forget. We forget that we are those same sinners that need forgiveness. Still. Ya’ll, just because someone is different, than we are, does not give us the right to judge. We should not spew hate. Are we not still the same group of people that are supposed to be leading people to Jesus? Not sending them running the other way. We, as Christians, have such a terrific opportunity to tell others the truth about what the Bible says about sin. Let’s not mess it up. We need to be sure we season our words with grace. We need to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. I was reading in Romans 1 about what the God inspired apostle Paul said about sin. He laid it down pretty simple about the wicked & Godless people:
Romans 1: 26-27
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.(NKJV)
But he didn’t stop there. He also called out some other sins.
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.(NKJV)
This covers about every sin there is. He went from one end of the spectrum of envy & murder all the way to being unloving. Did you notice he mentioned, disobeying parents & gossiping?
Do you know anyone that’s guilty of that? Do you know anyone who gossips or stands by & listens to another person gossiping? Ouch! That hits close to home. It’s sin, just like being a homosexual or murderer, according to the passage above.
The scripture goes on to say in Romans 2:
Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. 2 But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. 3 And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? (NKJV)
The apostle Paul was talking to the church at Rome. Christians that were passing judgment on those around them for their sins. He was telling them they should not be judging others, because they too, were sinners. We are taught the ONLY judgment we can speak of is a righteous judgment.
John 7:24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
I read an article the other day written by a person who was an active member of a church. However, is not now. He said a secret about a lot of people professing Christianity is that they don’t read their Bibles. Oh they attend every service, warm their pew, give of their means, & sing loud. But when they are faced with sin, they start going along with the crowd. They agree to whatever the Christians are saying. However, never opening their Bibles to see what God is really saying.
Listen folks, don’t take someone else’s word for what God’s commandments are. Make sure you know. You are the only one responsible for you.
Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;(NKJV)
II Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.(KJV)
I hope everybody has been having a good week. It has been hot here & you know what? That’s what it’s supposed to be for July in Mississippi. But we are still just complaining away. Now don’t that beat all? At least it will hopefully not be SO hot when my daughter gets married this fall. I wonder if there is a way to look at the weather, that far in advance?We want some good weather so that everybody will be comfortable for an outside wedding & what have you. Until next time, I pray you will stay out of the heat. I will perhaps be sitting under the air conditioner, staying cool, while watching way too many episodes of “Say Yes To The Dress”. HEY, we have got to do our research here. And of course I will do all of this while I should be washing clothes.
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