Guilty By Association

The Newsboys have a new song out titled “Guilty,” basically saying they want to be found guilty by their association with Jesus. Here’s the video if you’d like to see it:

I couldn’t help but wonder about me. Would I be found guilty? Do I show my faith enough for a jury to convict me? It’s easy when we sit in comfort and have no major issues to praise God. But it’s during the tough times our faith shows through.
What about you? Would you be found guilty?

I’m not suggesting you stand on a box in the middle of town and shout out the virtues of the Lord, unless of course that’s what God is telling you to do. But would your actions and your words show you are a true believer in Jesus Christ?


Definition of Guilty by Association according to dictionary.com: The attribution of guilty to individuals because of the people or organizations with which they associate …


In Luke 22, 54-57, even Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples denied knowing Him. Then they seized him and led preacherhim away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 

Fear is a great determination of our faith. Yet, that is the time it can grow the strongest. It’s also at these times that we show our true belief. Are you one who changes with the crowd? If you’re with Christian friends, do you act differently than with non-Christian friends?

A lot of us are just fair-weather believers. We shout Amen all over the place when we are sitting in church then return to our old ways once the door closes behind us. We must use not only our words, but our actions to show our faith in God. Only then will we be found guilty by our association with Jesus.

So ask yourself, would you be found guilty? Would a jury convict you of being a true Christian? Would you even be arrested or be let go with just a warning?

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