I have prayed a lot about writing on the subject of current events. My heart is very heavy concerning the actions of others. Someone asked why are Christians upset over the supreme courts ruling on Gay marriage. I would have to say I am not upset about the ruling. I know those who do not know Christ will not and should not behave like a Christian. I do not hate them. I have no stone in my hand. In Romans it tells us to put on our christian armor part of that armor is a sword. A sword of TRUTH. Many Christians only have on their helmet of Salvation and most of them are hiding that. What I am upset over is the tolerance of sin from Christians.
Growing up Hypocrisy was a big word. Any Christian who acts like the world and commits sins of this world while waving the christian banner is a Hypocrite. You are to be set apart of the world. Love is a big word now. Love is often confused with lust and feel good righteousness, Love is Christ hanging on a cross to die. Love is telling someone they are wrong because the thought of them dying and going to Hell is more painful than them never speaking to me again. People may not like my stance on many issues but I would rather them know the truth than quietly watch them go to Hell. Accepting sin is not love.
I heard the argument that all Christians sin, SEVERAL times this week. Yes we do but they should only be sins of omission such as not reading my bible enough, not praying enough, not going to church every time my church body is meeting, not obeying the spirit. If you as a Christian commit those sins of omission then you will grow farther and farther from God’s will. You will begin slowly committing sins of the world. You will look more and more like the world till your light is no longer visible. What happens then is your loved ones will not seek the Lord, this thought should put the fear of God in you.
The Lord’s love is so great and yes he did converse with sinners but what did he say to them; repent, go and sin no more. He always taught them of the truth. Never once did he say I know your a sinner I accept you and leave it at that. He said I love you, here is the truth and accept my truth to be saved. I have a deep burden for those who sit idly by.It breaks my heart to see Christians sit down on the Lord. I have also been told I was wrong and needed to repent, because of personal experience I can speak on this subject.
I sat in the back of a little church as a nine year old child. It was the finial night of revival. The Lord had spoken to my heart every night asking me to be saved. With my heart beating out of my chest and my mind talking me out of accepting Christ’s offer. I knew this was my last chance for salvation. The moment I made the decision to accept salvation I remember taking that first step and nothing else until I was on the altar crying for mercy. I could have floated down the altar for all I know. I wanted to be baptised immediately but had to wait until the following Sunday. The following Sunday was Easter. I was warned that no one would be there but I didn’t care. I just had a zeal to serve the Lord and knew he wanted me baptised as soon as I could.
A short time after I was saved my family stopped going to church. Many hardship befell us because of this decision. I became less and less of a light. I looked like the world and made horrible decisions as a teen. The summer before I turned sixteen I began questioning a lot of things. I questioned if I was even saved. Depression gripped my world.
I started seeking the Lord again. My mom sent me to church with my Uncle who was a preacher. My Uncle went out of his way to take me and my sister. We were an extra responsibility he didn’t have to deal with but he did. It was an hour trip to church but he still made the drive. Now that is love. A love for the lost and a love to encourage a fallen christian. For the first time in a long time I felt hope and peace again. I began to seek the Lord again. It was a long road back but he forgave me and I have been on his path ever since.
I never want to be out of his will again. So much pain and heartache could have been avoided if my family would have stayed in church. I often think of all the time I lost serving God. The knowledge I could have gained. Most important I think of all the souls I was not a light to. The people who I said I am saved but still behaved like they did. It haunts me to think someone is going to Hell because I did not tell them the truth.
Think about the Christians that stand out in your mind. The ones who led you to Christ. Do you resemble them? Do you aspire to be like a dear saint of God you have seen weather the storms of life and are still standing strong? Or are you sitting quietly in the shadows waiting and hiding from the will of God?
I had one teacher in highschool who told me the truth. Who told me I was not behaving as christian and that I should seek the truth. I have so much respect for him and because of him I began to run back to Christ. The actions of My Uncle and that teacher standing up, speaking the truth forever changed my life for the better. Once I was on the right path again God placed several people to help me, inspire me and most of all pray for me. I will never be the one who does not speak the truth again. I have seen where lies take you. Seek God and stand up for truth.