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News Flash: You’re Not Jesus!

1360665_53239785One of the scariest things I hear from Christians these days is: “Well, that’s what Jesus did.”  I’ve heard that statement used to explain a myriad of different activities, but those who say it often overlook one very important detail: they aren’t Jesus.

The Bible commands us to do many things in regards to Christ.  We are told to act as Christ did (1 John 2:6).  We are told to love as He loved (John 15:12).  We are told to sacrifice for others as He died for us (Ephesians 5:2).  We are told to live in Christ (Galatians 2:20).  But I have not found any Scriptures that tell us to  do everything that Christ did.  In fact, I see some of the opposite in spelled out for us in the Bible.

Here’s a practical example.  I often hear people say that Jesus entered in to dens of sinners and dined with them, partied with them even.  I’ve heard that He would go into places that the religious elite of the day would never step foot.  So, since Jesus did it, that means that we are to go into the bars, go into the strip clubs, go into the adult bookstores and casinos and every other place that exists solely for the propagation of sin.  Since that’s what Jesus did, then we should do the same thing.  Right?

First of all, and correct me if I’m wrong, but Jesus didn’t go into brothels and bars.  He dined at the homes of people. I’ll even take one step further.  When Jesus called Matthew to be His disciple, he went to his home, where Matthew threw a banquet in His honor.  I find it hard to believe that this banquet was full of lascivious behavior as it was to bring honor to Christ.  Luke says that many of Matthew’s tax collector friends were there, but I’m they were on their best behavior.  I can’t imagine Jesus sitting through an entire banquet thrown just for Him where there was nothing but sin going on.  I believe Jesus took that opportunity to preach to those who needed to hear the Good News of the Gospel, not partake in the sin of others in order to establish report.

Luke 15:1 says that tax collectors and sinners were often drawn to hear Him speak.  Why?  Because Jesus would crack open a cold one with them and shoot the breeze?  No!  But because they were hungry for what He was teaching.  Jesus lived His life in such a radically different way that people came from all walks of life to find out what was different about Him.  People weren’t attracted to Jesus because He fit in.

But, just for argument’s sake, let’s say that I’m wrong.  Let’s say that Jesus did frequent bars and other seedy places.  Does that mean that we can do it too?  Not a chance!  There is not one verse in the Bible (and of this I am certain) that tells you to walk into temptation.  In fact, the exact opposite is taught.

“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts.  Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace.  Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.”  (2 Timothy 2:22 NLT)

Youthful lusts are not always sexual desires, but any desires of the flesh.  When you become saved, you do not suddenly lose your urge for sinful things.  Just ask any of the prominent pastors who have fallen from grace (figuratively speaking) in a very public way, getting involved with drugs, promiscuity, and any other sin you can think of.  Sin is an equal opportunity corrupter and will seek out those who are most vulnerable.  And those who think themselves impervious to the wiles of the devil, are, in truth, the most susceptible to fall when tempted.

Jesus was, is, perfect.  We are not, so we need to guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23) and minds (Psalm 101:3) against the powers of the devil.

So does that mean that we shouldn’t try to reach those people for the Lord?  Of course not!  Every needs the saving power of Jesus Christ.  But we should really be more discriminating about how and when we deliver the Word.  For example: would it really be fruitful to walk into a bar and tell those who are drunk and compromised about Jesus?  There’s no way that they would be able to fully understand because their mind is compromised.  In fact, the Bible says that drinking can actually lead people to forget about God, not run towards Him (Proverbs 31:5-6).

Think back to all of the encounters that Christ had with unbelievers.  Did he ever confront a prostitute in the midst of her deplorable acts?  No.  He found them in everyday life.  They were just people living in sin, not committing it at that exact moment.  Although he intervened when the men were about to stone the prostitute, and he always called out the pharisees when they would judge others, I still haven’t found the verse that says that Jesus approached the drunk man and preached the Word to him, at which time the drunkard immediately sobered up and turned his life around.  We need to be discerning about when we witness for Christ, giving people the best chance possible to hear, and understand, the Word.

Do I think it’s a sin to go into a bar?  No, I don’t.  But I do think that it’s incredibly unwise to put yourself in a position where you could potentially be compromised.  Remember, Christ never once tried to blend in.  In fact, it was his radically differentiation that set him apart from those around him, which ended up drawing people (sinners and tax collectors) to him to find out how they could have what he was offering.  Perhaps that’s the lesson we should take away.  We need to live our lives in a way that makes those around us want to have what we have.

“You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket.  Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”  (Matthew 5:14-16 NLT)

 

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Testimonial Follow-Up: How to Weave God into Our Everyday Lives Part 2

1182894_31430952Part of allowing God to take control of every aspect of your life is reacting to sin the way that He would.  Psalm 45:7 says that God “hates evil.” (NLT)  So what do we do when encountered by evil and sin?  How do we react when others around us are blaspheming our God and polluting the minds of our children with their words.

I know that it can be hard.  But let’s look at a practical example.  Let’s say you’re standing in line at the grocery store with your children.  There are two guys behind you, cussing and telling crass stories that everyone, including your children, can hear.  They have no shame for their sins, in fact, they seem to revel in them.  What is your reaction?  Do you just wait until you’re in the car and then privately tell your children that what they heard was wrong?

2 Kings chapter 22 tells about a king the likes of which the kingdom of Judah had never seen before.  King Josiah wanted nothing more than to please the Lord.  He raised enough money to start some serious renovations of the temple.  One day, the man in charge of overseeing the renovations found a copy of the Books of the Law and brought them to the king.  Here was the king’s reaction to hearing the Law of the Lord.

“When the king heard what was written in the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in despair. Then he gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Acbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the court secretary, and Asaiah the king’s personal adviser: Go to the Temple and speak to the Lord for me and for the people and for all Judah. Inquire about the words written in this scroll that has been found. For the Lord’s great anger is burning against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words in this scroll. We have not been doing everything it says we must do.'”  (2 Kings 22:11-13 NLT)

King Josiah was brought to the point of despair at the knowledge that he and his kingdom was not doing everything the Lord had commanded them to do.  The rest of that chapter and all of the next go on to say that he effected a massive religious reform in Judah, the likes of which hadn’t been seen before.  He removed everything that resembled another god, anything that could be worshipped other than the one, true God.

He didn’t just repent, he tore his clothes and felt deep despair.  He felt about sin the way God feels about sin.  He was repulsed by it, deeply offended by it.  And upon realization of the sin of his country, he spent years cleansing the land of the evil they had turned to.  I believe that there are two major applications for us.  First, we need to rid our lives of things that cause us to sin.  Paul tells us to run away from temptation, (2 Timothy 2:22) not bring it into our lives and hope we are spiritual enough to overcome it.  If you find something is replacing your God-time, perhaps it’s time to get it out of your life and replace it with God.  Don’t let the false gods of today (television, computer games, work, cleanliness) take your focus off of your relationship with God.  Take the steps to remove them from your life.

Second, we need to take action against passive sins.  These are sins that are not necessarily committed by us, but by those around us.  You can’t stop people from sinning, it’s their choice to either follow God or reject Him.  But there are things we can do in response to those sins.  If we go back to our example in the grocery store, what is the proper response?  I’ll leave that up to you and your conscience.  But for me (as I have been in this position before, as I’m sure most of you have) I would turn around and politely tell them to watch their language around our children.  I wouldn’t boast that I’m a Christian, so we don’t talk that way.  But I would take a stand for the innocence of my children.

If we want God to come into our lives and completely take over, then we need to have the same attitude that He does regarding sin.  We have an amazing example in King Josiah and his reaction to the sins of his kingdom.  He didn’t just sit back and pray for the strength to resist the idols that had been erected all over Judah.  He took action and rid his life and the lives of those under him of any temptation.  He exiled and executed the priests of those false gods. (in our day, this could be as easy as unfriending those who are a bad influence in our lives) We need to follow the example of King Josiah and treat sin the way God does, with contempt.

Lord, please help me to view sin as you do.  Help me rid my life and the lives of my family members of the idols we have erected, of the false gods that consume our time and energy.  Help me to place you and keep you at the center of every part of my day.  Thank you for your faithfulness and love.  Amen.

 

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What Are You Sacrificing?

1424920_32047446I was reading in 2 Kings about the kingdom of Israel and the incredible sins that they had committed shortly before their capture by Assyria.  They would sacrifice to every idol possible, but the most tragic thing that I saw was that they actually sacrificed their children, their own sons and daughters, instead of following the Lord.

It really got me thinking.  What do we sacrifice when we avoid calling on the Lord?  I’ve heard the question phrased, ‘what do we sacrifice for the Lord?’ but I want to talk about what we sacrifice when we forget to turn to the Lord.  Any time we don’t call on the Lord, whether for help or in an attitude of gratitude, we are sacrificing something that God wants to gives us.

If we try to tackle tough situations on our own, then we are giving up the hope and peace that God promises us in Matthew chapter 11.  “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you.  Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy to bare, and the burden I give you is light.”

God wants us to go to Him in times of trouble.  He wants us to trust Him with our trials, when we’re week.  For it’s in our weakness that His glory is able to shine in our lives.  (2 Corinthians 12:9)  So we need to call on Him, otherwise we are not only sacrificing hope and peace, but a chance to show God’s glory in our lives.

Conversely, if we fail to praise God during our victories in life, then we are sacrificing a joy that can not be expressed.

“Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us.  What joy!” (Psalm 126:3 NLT)

God wants us to experience great joy in our lives, but what joy is there when we celebrate victories apart from the only One who can truly give joy.  Any victory apart from God is empty and meaningless.  It’s only through rejoicing in what He has done for us that we can experience a joy previously unknown and unexperienced.

We sacrifice more by failing to call on God than we do by trusting in Him.  The promises and gifts that God wants to bestow on us because of our faith in Him are unattainable if we turn our backs on Him when we should be calling out His name.

Dear Lord.  I pray that you will help me to remember your part in everything that happens in my life.  I want to call on your promise to give me an abundant life by praising you in good times and calling for your help in the tough times.  Help me to acknowledge you in every part of my life, and I pray that you will be glorified by the way I live.  Amen.

 

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Testimonial Follow-Up: How to Weave God into Our Everyday Lives

779640_30359765After I spoke on Sunday, several people have come forward and asked me to be more specific about how to weave God into their lives. First of all, for those who may not have been there to hear what I was speaking about. In summary, I have gone through a few rough spots in my life and I have found, through diligence in Scriptural study, that an important aspect of getting peace in your life in to weave God into every aspect of it. I used Isaiah 40:31, “For those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings as eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” The word ‘wait’ in that verse is the Hebrew word ‘qavah,’ which literally means to bind together like a rope. This does not mean to tie something up, but rather to take four or more smaller strands and weave them together into one strong rope.

This is the interesting part of that verse. Because a lot of people, like myself, have been waiting for the renewing of the strength and mounting up with wings. We were tired of growing weary and fainting on the road to wherever we were going. But, as I shared, I neglected the first part of the verse; the part where I had something to do. I realized, through God’s grace, that I needed to bring God into every aspect of my life, weave Him in. After I had begun to do that, things started changing. My lows didn’t seem so low anymore and became manageable. The scary moments in life became less terrifying when I knew that God was by my side. But the best part is the enduring peace that comes over me during good times and bad because every second of every day, God is right beside me, waiting to comfort me when I need it and overflow my cup with joy when the occasion calls for it.

So, now, down to the practical part: How do you weave God into every part of your life?

Let me just say that I have by no means arrived and I am not claiming to be the authority on this subject. All I can do is share with you what I have learned and am applying to my life, and hopefully this will be able to bless you and can apply it to your lives as well. Instead of cramming everything into one, incredibly long and drawn out post, I’ll split this up over a few days and you can pick and choose what you want to read.

The first way to weave God into your lives is to acknowledge Him in everything.

Verbalization makes it real. Take every moment possible to thank God for something, or acknowledge that He is with you. For example: if you get a coupon in the mail for a buy one get one at your favorite restaurant, don’t let your response be “Sweet! What a great day this is going to be.” (Not that anyone would speak in such a robotic and monotone way) But instead, force your first words to be, “Praise the Lord!”

By verbalizing the fact that you are praising God, it makes it real in your life. To acknowledge God’s presence in your life is to affirm that He is actually there in your own mind. It’s easy to forget about God during the hustle and bustle of life. But if you force your self to praise His name or call on it in times of trouble, you will find that He will emerge as the first thought that comes to mind when you really need Him, and when you don’t think that you do.  He is always present in our lives as believers, but if we don’t acknowledge His presence, we are doomed to forget that He is here at all.  Don’t let God slip from your mind!

Lord, I pray that we will always acknowledge your presence in our lives.  It is so comforting to know that you ‘will never leave us or abandon us.’  I call on that promise today and I pray that each person who reads this will make the conscious effort to keep you at the forefront of their minds.  Amen.

 

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Time to Move: Dealing With Baggage in Our Lives

1117483_58149629As an Army brat, I’ve moved my entire life, usually every two or three years.  But my memories of those moves are vastly different from the reality of my most recent move.  As a child, I remember those great Army movers coming in and packing everything up.  My brother, sister, and I would sit at the box of our giant Magnavox TV (TVs were much larger back then!), eat pizza, and drink orange soda pop.  And that was it.  That’s what moving was all about to me.  And I loved it!

But as I said, that’s much a stark contrast to my most recent move.  This last one was the first time I had moved with my wife and kids.  But there were no burly Army men to come and lift all the heavy stuff.  There was no one to bring me pizza and orange soda pop.  I was on my own on this one.

And the ‘stuff’ just kept on coming.  I had no idea that we had so many things in our home, but it seemed as though every time I felt like we were making headway, there was another pile of ‘stuff’ waiting in the same spot of the pile I had just cleared.  It was absolutely exhausting.  A week-long marathon of packing, lifting, moving, driving, lifting, and moving again that rivaled any workout that I have ever done.  I’m sore from top to bottom and have no desire to do that again, EVER!  But at the same time, I’m happy that it’s done.  There’s a sense of accomplishment that comes with tackling such a daunting task.

As I’ve been preparing to speak this Sunday at church, some amazing parallels struck me about my life and my recent move.  You see, like most people, I’ve had to overcome many difficulties in my life.  Sins that I’ve committed in the past seem to come back and haunt me on a regular basis.  Moving out of a house is hard.  Moving out the Old Man and moving in the Holy Spirit is much harder.

But there is good news!

“With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused.  Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him.  They have no sense of shame.  They live for pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.  But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned about the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.  Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.”  (Ephesians 4:17-23)

Thanks to God, the ‘old man’ has received his eviction notice!  It’s time for him to go.  But he doesn’t want to leave and he won’t go quietly.  It’s our job to kick him to the curb.  But how do we do that?  How can we force out the remnants of our old life?

Little by little.  I didn’t get my house packed up and everything moved to another location all at once, at a snap of my fingers.  It took days, weeks really, to get everything in order.  Little by little I moved things from one room until that room was clean and empty.  Then I went to another.

Every time we resist the Devil and temptation, we are moving something out of a room in our soul.  Slowly but surely, as we begin to let the Holy Spirit win, we move out the old and let the Spirit take his rightful place in our souls.

But when something moves out, we need to replace it with something else.  If we don’t then we will find our old friend, temptation, squatting and taking up illegal residence in our hearts.  So we must study the Word of God and fill our hearts and minds with His Word.  If we do this, there won’t be any room left for the ‘old man.’  Moving something out isn’t enough, we must allow the Spirit to transform us into the temple of the Holy Spirit that He wants us to be.

Don’t get discouraged if it seems as though your sinful past seems to be hanging on for dear life.  Instead, take every opportunity to slowly evict it from your heart.  Choose to live in a godly way and the ‘old man’ will have no choice but to pack his bags and get out of town.  It takes time, and it takes effort, but if you consistently follow after God and seek to do His will, then you can and will have victory over your own life!

Dear Lord, I pray that you will help me to choose you over temptation.  Help me to evict the ‘old man’ and move in the Spirit.  Thank you for your faithfulness!  Amen

 

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An All Consuming Fire

1018822_21453995This is a hard post to write.  As I’m sitting here, typing this out, the news is continuing to report sad and disparaging information regarding the fire that is consuming part of my city.  My heart is in a constant state of breaking for those who have lost so much.  Friends, family, acquaintances are all effected by the inferno.  Everyone in this city is effected in one way or another.  It’s easy to see why God uses fire to illustrate such pain and suffering in the Bible.  It is truly a horrifying scene to watch.  There’s nothing productive to say, so instead, I will just pray.

I pray for the those who have lost their homes.  Many are displaced, some temporarily, some permanently.  They fled their homes with very little in hand, some with nothing.  Some never made it home, and are forced now into an uncertain world with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.  I pray that they will find some sort of blessing in the midst of destruction, that they will be lifted up, encouraged, helped, and blessed beyond anything they’ve known before.

I pray for those who still don’t know.  They sit idly by, helpless against the flames threatening the material proof of their lives.  There’s no confirmation that their homes are gone, there’s no news at all.  I pray that they receive the comfort and peace they so desperately need.

I pray for those who are fighting the blaze, risking their lives to protect the homes and lives of those in the fire’s path.  They tirelessly work to subdue the blaze and bring peace and safety back to the city.  They don’t think about their actions, they just do what they’ve been trained to do.  I pray that they will receive a supernatural strength to help them continue a fight that so often seems like a losing battle.

I pray for those reporting the news, working overtime to keep people informed, trying their best to tell us the discouraging news, all the while attempting to inspire hope.  I pray that they will receive wisdom to tell us what needs to be said with tenderness and grace.

I pray for those who are volunteering to help, who have taken in pets and people.  Like so many others, they give everything they have to help those who have lost everything they have.  I pray that they will be blessed for their caring.

I pray for the land, smoldering under the heat of the blaze.  The forested terrain has been laid barren.  Trees are fallen, houses leveled, roads destroyed.  I pray for rejuvenation and growth to exceed the previous beauty of those majestic trees.

I pray  for those flying blindly through the air, dumping water and fire retardant into the inferno.  They risk as much as anyone as they fly directly over the fire to provide assistance for those on the ground.  I pray that their planes fly true and that their bravery will never be forgotten or diminished.

I pray for those in the city, those not evacuated, those with homes and the comforts of home.  I pray that they will experience gratitude and contentment the likes of which they’ve never known.

I pray for the believers, for those of us who follow Christ.  I pray that we will step up to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  Don’t let us fall into the trap that words and inspirational photos are enough.  Help us stand up for Christ by helping those in need.

There’s nothing more that I can say.  There are no words of comfort other than those written in the Scriptures.  And my final prayer is that the Gospel of Christ is spread in spite of this tragedy, providing the hopeless with hope, the anxious with peace, the devastated with encouragement, and the destroyed with new life.

I pray that the peace of God that passes all understanding will reveal itself to those who need it most.  I pray that God will be evident in the midst of tragedy and that He will bring people to Him.  Amen.

 

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Wash Your Mouth Out!: What You Say is Who You Are

77711_7264“You brood of snakes!  How could evil men like you speak what is good and right?  For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.” (Matthew 12:34 NLT)

Harsh words.  Perhaps what makes it worse is that Jesus is actually speaking to the spiritual elite, the Pharisees.  These are people who know all about the law of God.  In fact, they know it so well that they devised more laws just to keep people as far as possible from breaking the original laws.  Yet still there hearts were not right and Jesus points this out to them by showing them their speech.  The words they spoke were hateful and condemning while they professed to love God.  The thing is, it can’t work both ways.  I’m discouraged to see how some Christians are living their verbal lives.

I was recently encouraged by my friend and mentor Matt Ross (worship pastor at Pike’s Peak Christian Church) to be bold for Christ.  So, to put his advice into action, let me make a bold statement:  What you say is a direct reflection of what is in your heart.  (Not my words, Jesus’, again see Matthew 12:34)  I know that it’s not easy to reign in your tongue, especially if foul language was a big part of your speech prior to coming to Jesus.  But as Christians, we are called to watch what we say.

As far as I can tell, there’s three main areas where we fall short as Christians in regards to our speech: Complaining, Cursing, and Crassness.  Some people only struggle with one or two of these, some with all three.  Either way, I want to show you a couple of verses regarding these.  Remember, I am not condemning, in fact, I struggle with one myself: Complaining.  That’s why I put it first on our list.

Complaining

I’ve written about this subject before and my struggles with it.  I find myself complaining sometimes about the most insignificant of things.  I allow myself to get overwhelmed with life and then I can do nothing but complain about everything.  Paul talks about his in his letter to the Philippians.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” (Philippians 4:6 NLT)  It’s pretty clear in this verse that we are to be thankful for everything God has done in our lives.  But the opposite of thankfulness is complaining.  You can’t do both at the same time.  Try it!  There’s no possible way to earnestly thank God for something while at the same time whining about it.

As I have said before, this is my biggest area of struggle.  There’s nothing easy about it.  But that doesn’t mean we aren’t supposed to try.  I often fail and find myself whining or complaining about something, but the Lord is faithful to convict me and bring me to a place of repentance.

Cursing

I am shocked and amazed at how much foul language has polluted our Christian culture.  It’s gotten so bad that there are some pastors who openly curse from the pulpit just to be more relatable to the culture.  Here’s a news flash for you: “DON’T COPY THE BEHAVIORS AND CUSTOMS OF THIS WORLD.” (Romans 12:2 NLT)  Are you kidding me?  God calls us to be holy and separate from the world and Christians are trying to do everything they can to blend in with the culture.  Christianity is not guerilla warfare!  We are called to be a shining light, an example of His glory.  (Matthew 5:14)  We are told to be the city on the hill that can’t be hid.  We shouldn’t be slinking down into the background, hoping to not offend people by standing up for God.  But are we just offending God by standing up for our rights to be a part of this wicked world?

“Sometimes it (our tongue) praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.  And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth.  Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!”  (James 3:9-10 NLT)

How can we fulfill the two greatest commandments of loving God and loving others if we are cursing others and speaking against those who God created?

“Don’t use foul or abusive language.  Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” (Ephesians 4:29 NLT)

Remember the old adage, if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all?  I wish that more Christians would heed this advice.  If you spew curse words and demeaning speech from your mouth, polluting the air with the words of the world, are you building people up?  Are you encouraging those around you?  If not, then keep your lips together.  How can you claim to spread the Word of God out of the same mouth that sprays filth?

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, (or say) do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT)

Crassness

The dictionary defines crassness as: so crude and unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility.  When we hear or see something crude are we drawn to it?  Do we then turn around and share it with our friends?

What we really need is a filter.  Not a moral filter, not an ethical filter, but a Jesus filter.  We are called to have the same mind as Christ.  (Philippians 2:5)  If Jesus wouldn’t say it, then neither should we.  Remember, it’s our job to build others up with our words, not lead them into temptation and cause them to sin by forcing them to hear the evil that comes from our mouths.

I realize that this post sounds harsh and I’m sure that there are those of you who agree whole-heartedly with what the Bible tells us to do.  But I am just as sure that there are those who will read this and feel as though I am trying to infringe on their Christian liberty to speak how they wish.  Either way, your actions are accountable to God, not me.

What I have provided here is not my opinion, but the very words of God regarding how we are to speak. So it is my fervent prayer that all Christians will heed this article and begin to change what they say, so as to constantly bring glory to God and stand as a shining light for all the world to see, and bring them to a saving knowledge of Christ. Amen.

 

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