I love when a pastor says something that makes you think. It’s always something that brings you closer to God. Last week, mine said “the more we point a finger at others, the less faith we have.”
Wow! That’s deep. And true. It’s easy to blame others for their mistakes, yet taking a good look at ourselves and changing is hard.
Just look around. How many Christians have blamed the homosexual community for destroying the morals of this country? Doesn’t it have more to do with Christians not living Christian lives? If you claim to believe in Jesus, yet live like He doesn’t really matter, what is that teaching your children?
We need to ask God to show us where we are lacking in our faith. Have Him show us where we need to do more in order to get a closer relationship with Him and to prove to others that Jesus is real. We need to live like we believe there are consequences for our sins.
The Bible says we should be in this world, but not of this world. Romans 12:2 states, And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. That means don’t read books that aren’t appropriate, don’t watch television shows that aren’t morally sound, and don’t hang out in businesses you shouldn’t.
It’s time we stop making excuses.
We need to stop blaming others for what is going wrong in our homes, our cities, and our country. We need to look in a mirror. There is only one group of people who is destroying the churches and this world. Christians.
Don’t blame poor people for getting government assistance when there’s a megachurch on every corner. It should be the job of the church to support and help the poor. If they’d do it, the government wouldn’t have to be involved. I just read where a minister of a large church wrote a book then had his church pay over $200,000.00 to order his books just so he’d be number one on the NY Times Bestseller list. That’s telling the teens in his church that it’s okay to cheat. Earning something on merit doesn’t matter. Think how many people could have been fed with that money instead.
We need to pray and ask where it is we are not following God. He will be more than happy to show us. Only then can we walk the walk we are expected to as Christians.
Unless we start pointing fingers at ourselves, the morals of the country will only get worse. And until we trust God to show us where we need to improve, our faith will remain stagnant.
I once had a disagreement with the pastor of a church I attended. I thought his sermons were too “feel good” and pointed out that the gospel is not easy to live up to and we aren’t perfect, therefore at least some of the time a sermon should make me squirm. He said that would discourage people from coming to church. At that point I chose to walk away from the discussion – it could only escalate and become ugly, but that’s half the problem – if our pastors and those who profess to be shepherds don’t lead us in the right direction, then far too many are going in the wrong direction.
You are so right, Skye.
Matthew 7:22-23 states, 22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
I wouldn’t want to find myself in the position of these men who thought they were so godly.