When celebrities spoke up against guns, the violent movies they starred in were pointed out. When Christians speak up against sin, the other side point out how our families are failing and we don’t live according to our own faith. We have couples living together, divorces, and we party like a secular person. If we’re going to be “Christian,” we need to understand what that means.
What it does not mean is white, conservative, and Republican or American; or that our worship has to sound a certain way or look a certain way.
A Christian is a follower of Jesus. We’re forgiven, but I fear we use that forgiveness as a free ticket to do whatever we want.
Even in our small town, I see a hesitation to say something to “Christians” who live outside of God’s will. Or maybe we’re just waiting and praying for that moment of trust?
Either way, I don’t have time to count out other people’s sins. I have enough trouble trying to live well out of my love of the Son. The Passion of the Christ images don’t leave my imagination. If He suffered in our place, I shudder. God took sin so seriously that He sent His Son. So why don’t we take sin seriously?
Living well means focusing on you, not your neighbor (unless the Holy Spirit sends you to speak to that person). Like you, I am hard on myself.
This is how you live well:
- Read the Bible daily.
- Forgive others and yourself.
- Talk and listen to God every day.
If you need to talk, you can email me anytime.