Saturday, December 28, 2013

Bandwagon Christianity

The term " bandwagon" is used in several different genres. The term means a particular activity or cause that has suddenly become fashionable or popular.

In my walk with Christ, I have seen bandwagon Christianity from the back seat of the Holy Roller bus many times. Whatever popular speaker, speech, sermon, or show is going on at the time then the masses follow. "Christians" can be so fickle and unstable in their faith. Many have a shallow faith and follow what they think is part of the Christian walk instead of following the truth. They are too blind and lazy to see the truth. 

Recently, a popular Reality TV personality was booted off his show for saying some controversial statements about homosexuals and blacks. Below is the link to the article in GQ magazine.

This TV star happens to be a "Christian". Not everything he said in the interview was about the before mentioned. However, He did quote scripture from  I Corinthians. Below is a clip of what he said in the interview after the journalist Drew Magary asked the following question. What, in your mind, is sinful?" 

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Beastiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

The scripture quote comes from I Corinthians chapter 6.

I Corinthians 6: 9 Don’t you know that wicked people won’t inherit the kingdom of God? Stop deceiving yourselves! People who continue to commit sexual sins, who worship false gods, those who commit adultery, homosexuals, 10 or thieves, those who are greedy or drunk, who use abusive language, or who rob people will not inherit the kingdom of God. 

I wonder why the TV star started the answer to the question with homosexuality? The scripture he quoted starts off with wicked people (Church Board members, church committee members, deacons and some church sectaries to name a few), then those who commit sexual sins ( Pastors addicted to porn), those who worship false idols ( Many religious people in church today who worship the American Dream more than the living God.), those who commit adultery ( TV preachers who divorce their wives in order to get a new woman.), homosexuals ( this sin is named 5th in the list), thieves ( politicians), greedy ( Word of Faith preachers who change the word of God for their self gain.) drunks, abusive language talkers ( gossipers in the church, what about those Christian who cuss and talk like sailors, and those who have falsely accused innocent people.) and people who rob others ( Pastors who guilt Christians in giving their rent money each week to the multi-million dollar facility. Daddy needs a new Rolls) will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 

Immediately after this TV star's comments get blasted across every news outlet in the world,  the insulted groups mount up and strike back. Then bandwagon Christians ride to the rescue and start the charge for Christian persecution as if it is a badge of honor to wear. Many people who signed the petitions in favor of the TV Star are not even real Christians. They are part of the bandwagon or Americanized Christians that are in the world today. The TV star starts off with Homosexuality because he is like many Christians. He is afraid of his own sexuality , and he has ignorantly highlighted one sin over another. The sloppy, slobbery lips among the bandwagoniers followed suit. They did not stand up for Christ but for the American Christian idealism. ( Freedom of Speech and all that Jazz) What does our God really think about it all? ( Please understand I love being an American but I am a Christian First and American second.)

The Christian TV star talks like a sailor and says things outside of the realm of Christian speech. Many bandwagon Christians swept his coarse language under the rug because the American Christian idealism was being insulted. " Quick Grannie go get your gun! Them are fight'in words."  How ignorant can we be?

Now don't get me wrong. I wholeheartedly agree and support I Corinthians chapter 6, but homosexuality is not the only sin listed here. It is not the only sin wrecking our societies around the world. All the other sins listed are just as bad and probably more rapid in the world. Many of those sins listed are in our churches and home groups. It is interesting to note that Jesus did not once point out homosexuality as the only sin we should focus on or watch out for. He did not even mention homosexuality actually. However, he talked alot about the sin of religiousness and religious people. ( Bandwagon Christians.) He named religiousness the worse sin of all. Their is a whole chapter in the book of Matthew ( Chapter 23) that tells us to WOE and not be like the religious minded.  HMMMMM! Right turn Clyde!

Is homosexuality a sin? Of course it is. There is at least seven different passages found in scripture stating it as a sin. God's word cannot be more clearer. Jesus did not mention it in the gospels but the practice was rapid during his day. Hello, the Roman bath houses were spread out all around the landscape during that time and some sinful things happened at those places. Jesus did mention marriage and what it consisted of. It is between a man and woman and marriage is considered holy when followed accordingly to God's word.  This is not bigotry speech this is straight from the word of God. However, there is more to the Story.....

The point is that homosexuality is not the only sin we should be focusing on or singling out. This is what ignorant, satan led, bandwagon Christians do.  This is what the Pharisees did and Jesus called them out on the carpet for it.  We are called to live our lives righteously and to serve the Lord with purity. We are called to preach the fullness of his message not pick and choose which parts of scripture we want to emphasize. This is what the world does. We are better than this! Get off the bandwagon and walk righteously with the Lord. 

Side note:

The Church needs to repent. We are not suffering with Christ because we stand up for an human ideal. Jesus suffered because of his message of truth. HIS MESSAGE! The complete package! If you are living righteously, with purity, strive to be at peace with all men, show the heart beat of Christ, and share the complete message of Christ then get persecuted, then you are truly following Christ. It is clear that Jesus' actions brought him more persecution than just his words. 

I Peter 4: 12 Dear friends, don’t be surprised by the fiery troubles that are coming in order to test you. Don’t feel as though something strange is happening to you, 13 but be happy as you share Christ’s sufferings. Then you will also be full of joy when he appears again in his glory. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed because the Spirit of glory—the Spirit of God—is resting on you.
15 If you suffer, you shouldn't suffer for being a murderer, thief, criminal, or troublemaker. 16 If you suffer for being a Christian, don’t feel ashamed, but praise God for being called that name. 17 The time has come for the judgment to begin, and it will begin with God’s family. If it starts with us, what will be the end for those who refuse to obey the Good News of God? 18 If it’s hard for the person who has God’s approval to be saved, what will happen to the godless sinner? 19 Those who suffer because that is God’s will for them must entrust themselves to a faithful creator and continue to do what is good.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Wrecking Ball

Romans 7:14 I know that God’s standards in Moses’ Teachings are spiritual, but I have a corrupt nature, sold as a slave to sin. 15I don’t realize what I’m doing. I don’t do what I want to do. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 I don’t do what I want to do, but I agree that God’s standards are good. 17 So I am no longer the one who is doing the things I hate, but sin that lives in me is doing them.
18 I know that nothing good lives in me; that is, nothing good lives in my corrupt nature. Although I have the desire to do what is right, I don’t do it. 19 I don’t do the good I want to do. Instead, I do the evil that I don’t want to do. 20 Now, when I do what I don’t want to do, I am no longer the one who is doing it. Sin that lives in me is doing it.
21 So I’ve discovered this truth: Evil is present with me even when I want to do what God’s standards say is good. 22 I take pleasure in God’s standards in my inner being. 23 However, I see a different standard ⌊at work⌋ throughout my body. It is at war with the standards my mind sets and tries to take me captive to sin’s standards which still exist throughout my body.24 What a miserable person I am! Who will rescue me from my dying body? 25 I thank God that our Lord Jesus Christ rescues me! So I am obedient to God’s standards with my mind, but I am obedient to sin’s standards with my corrupt nature.

Sin can become a living, controlling, organism if we let it. It builds itself like a high rise and dares the holiness of God to knock it down. The truth is. We cannot fight sin ourself or with our own strength. We desperately need Jesus to come and save us. No matter how many times I try to do right within my own strength; I always fail miserably. Jesus is my only answer and gives me the power to overcome. However, I must allow him to work n my life. I need to let him tear down the sinful walls within me.

Christ desires to eradicate sin from our lives. He has his wrecking ball and is waiting the tear down the old building and replace it with the new. Leave space in your life for Christ to smash down the walls which contain the sinful nature.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Overcoming a Pointless life

I Corinthians 15:58 So, then, brothers and sisters, don’t let anyone move you off the foundation ⌊of your faith⌋. Always excel in the work you do for the Lord. You know that the hard work you do for the Lord is not pointless.

Sometimes there is the feeling of living a pointless life or not having the notice from others of what you actually do for them. Sometimes you feel like you are being taken advantage of and taken for granted. In leadership, it is easy for those who work for you to take you for granted. The sinful nature of man has left many with a self-centered heart. People's mentality is , " Well you get paid for that. or you wanted to lead, or this is part of it." All of these comments come from selfish and ignorant hearts.

Some leaders become overwhelmed with the constant bombardment from the overly self-centered individuals. People who constantly drain life from you and never pour anything back in. I have personally made a vow to free myself from such people. I had an half-uncle who was and probably still is this way. He would constantly drain the spiritual life out and never add any value back in. His self-centered lifestyle prevented him from seeing past himself. The Lord has freed me from his constant tattering of my heart, and I am grateful. You have to let go of the distractions even if it is within your own family. You still love them and pray for them, but you have to move on. 

Sometimes we allow the actions from others to drill deep within our passion causing us to feel like our work as a leader and for God is useless. The drill is allowed to penetrate  our foundation which in return leaves us unstable. Don't let anyone or any circumstance stop you from your security in Christ. Your faith exists outside of the realm of logic. Faith trumps logic and to the logical this proves their theory of God's non-existence. However, if faith lived in the same realm of human logic then Christ would be nothing more than a man-made phenomenon. Since faith lives beyond our human understanding, natural laws and thought become lower level ideas by limited beings. Let nothing stop your faith from growing and from shining brighter than the natural impulses of man.

In American Christianity, our purpose is wrapped up in titles and functions within the Body of Christ. We have told the body of believers that true ministry is one that is paid for or important ministry is one where finances are poured into. Today, there is a wall between paid pastors and missionaries and the average believer. We have even come up with an un-biblical word called " LAY LEADERS or MINISTERS." We have separated the importance of each individual from the ministry which God has called them too. If a pastor wishes to lose their job, he or she feels loss and without purpose. Mostly because their whole identity has been placed in a position versus the reality of Christ. American Missionaries have spread this ungodly truth around the world and leave many leaders in the faith feeling overwhelmed by today's economic troubles.

Your importance is not wrapped around a position or a paid job. Your level of importance is not compared to those who are paid to lead a church or ministry and those who are considered lay leaders. These are all un-biblical truths. Your importance is found and will always be found in the reality of Christ. Your ministry is not your ministry. This ministry, this message comes from the bowels of Christ, and it has been placed within us. It is like a runner passing the baton on to another. Jesus has passed the baton to us but the baton first left His hand. He owns it, and he will be waiting at the finish line when we give it back. 

Your ministry , regardless how great or small, is important. Your calling through Christ is important. It is not pointless. The idea of pointlessness comes from human understanding. Faith trumps the thought of pointlessness. Nothing you do in Christ is pointless unless you do it without faith and excellence. Regardless of peer recognition, regardless of personal reward, we must never fall prey to doubt and pointlessness. Every believer working together to see HIS kingdom come! Every believer using the talents for the advancement of the message is the most important thing. Break off the shackles of human tradition and false implementation! You are set free! You are more than the sum of those who have defined you. They can't define what is undefinable! They can't label you for God has already marked you for His greatness. What you are doing does make a difference! God is the final judge, and He is proud of you. Keep pressing forward in this truth!