MISALIGNED. Since when was following Christ about your or my opinion?


As I was looking through a few Christian blog articles this morning I was reminded very quickly that many of the views held today by professing Christians are biblically off base – and not just a little. For example, one blog title said the author refers to God as “Sam”. Another article says that God is a woman. Another author was sharing his disagreement with the fact that the bible is the infallible word of God.  And these are Christian writers?  How can that be?

I believe these views, along with thousands of others, stem from this one simple fact:  Many Christians are not comfortable with the real, direct, and Holy God of the bible and prefer to create a god that makes more sense to them. They attempt to humanize Him and reduce His glory. They want to make Him fit into a culture-friendly mold. In their opinion, the God of the bible is too strict, too ancient, or has set the bar too high for the average person to live comfortably and still serve Him. So they invent another god – a more popular, up-to-date god that makes them feel better about the way they live.

With the varying degrees of not-biblical ideas and views about God and about being a Christian in general, it serves us well to ask our own self the question:

Who exactly are we serving…  God or god?

Maybe we don’t refer to Him as Sam or think of Him as a woman, but do we worship a god who is ok with our addiction, with our jealousy, or with our pride? Do we serve a god who allows our lust remain unchecked because he understands our ‘human nature’? Instead of serving the God of grace and mercy and love, do we serve the gods of grace and mercy and love, believing the real God would never judge us because He knows how hard it is to live holy?

God, the one and only true, has identified Himself well in His word. Contrary to what some may say, the bible is infallible – it is absolute truth. That means what God says about Himself is true. What He says about His love, grace, and mercy is true. And what He says about sin in true. In this we should find comfort because God doesn’t expect us to ‘figure Him out’ or uncover the mystery of what He requires. He lets us know plainly. Because of His word we know that He alone is God, that He is in charge, that He is perfect, and He is our Father. A Father who loves us with all His heart – so much so that He died for us.

God was loving enough to provide a written letter to us explaining who He is, why we were created, why we fell, and how we are redeemed.  We don’t have to spend our life debating those things. We just have to take Him at his word and choose to live for Him.

Is that what you’ve done or have you been drafted into the debate?

And by the way, I don’t call Him Sam. I call Him Father.

 

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Battling Ego – You too are mortal


This is a repost of a daily devotion from Our Daily Bread.

Post written by Bill Crowder

When a general returned from a victorious battle, ancient Rome would stage a parade to welcome the conqueror home. The parade would include the general’s troops, as well as trophy captives who had been brought along as evidence of the victory. As the parade made its way through the city, the crowds would cheer their hero’s success.

To prevent the general’s ego from becoming unduly swollen, a slave rode along with him in his chariot. Why? So that as the Roman throngs heaped praise on the general, the slave could continually whisper in his ear, “You too are mortal.”

When successful, we too may lose sight of our own frailty and allow our hearts to fill with destructive pride. James pointed us away from the danger of pride by pointing us to humility and to God. He wrote, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). The key to that statement is grace. Nothing is more wonderful! The Lord alone deserves thanks and praise—especially for the grace He has lavished on us.

Our achievements, success, or greatness are not rooted in ourselves. They are the product of God’s matchless grace, upon which we are eternally dependent.

Focus on your blessings this Christmas, not someone else’s.


20111203-075044.jpgThis Christmas don’t focus on what you can’t buy, what you didn’t get, or what others DID get or buy.

Focus on YOUR blessings.

God has been so good to us.

He is so faithful.

So whether we find ourselves with little or much this Christmas season, if we have Jesus Christ, the Son of God, living in our heart we have the greatest gift we could ever hope for.

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Eternal Life.

(Good luck wrapping that up and putting it in a box)

Merry Christmas to all!