Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What about all the Hypocrites who say they are Christians?  What kind of example are they?

As told by A. Hypocrite

We still struggle to be obedient to Jesus, but with struggle comes opportunity for growth and strengthening of our faith and resolve in Jesus.  At CBC our mission statement is “Following Christ, by Loving God and Loving Others.”  And as we leave church, there is a reminder over the rear door – “Be Great at the Great Commandment.”  When Jesus was asked to summarize the Law that God had given to Moses, He chose to express it this way….

"'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with
all your mind.'  "This is the great and foremost commandment. "The second is like it,
'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'   Matthew 22:37-39 New American Standard

While admittedly all believers in Jesus can do a better job of representing Him here, consider the instructions that Jesus specifically gave.  He did not say, “Follow my followers.”  He did not say, “Follow my church.”  He did not say, “let a bad example of one my followers give you the excuse you are looking for.”  He simply said, “Follow ME.” 

            Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my
follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.
Mark 8:34 New Living Translation

Many followers of Jesus still struggle with addictions, finances, relationships, gossiping, etc.
Using an alcoholic as an example, could God remove their desire to drink when that person believes in Jesus and chooses to follow Him?  Yes, He can and does.  Other times God may choose to allow the struggle with the addiction to continue for the good and growth of the individual who has decided to “follow Jesus.”  Why? God knows what is best for each of us and also who is watching us.  Consider someone who has struggled with abuse, addiction, bad relationships, a cheating spouse, etc.  Who best to describe the difference that Jesus has made in their life, than someone who has shared a common struggle and found the way to freedom and escape?

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