appalled ... yes appalled. I'm writing this because sometimes it's best
to skip the frills and get down to the nitty-gritty.
We are so often asking ourselves these days, what's wrong with
the world? How can so many terrible things be happening in America, in
our homes and in our churches?
of the most obvious reasons is ... Christians are not really being
Christians! That's right! We can't blame the decay of morals and
decency on the atheists and on the unsaved. They're doing a bang up job
of being exactly who they are. The real blame and
responsibility falls into the hands of professing Christianity, trying
to get to heaven astraddle of that proverbial fence ... and setting a
pitiful, two-faced example for everyone else while doing it!
Why would any sinner think he needs to be saved when the Christians around
him dress like, talk like and act just like he does?
you're wondering ... what in the world has got her so fired up? I'll tell
you what's got me all fired up! Lukewarm, compromising, double
minded, excuse making Christians!
By way of
illustration: I set out on a web search today for some clean humor to
use on the "Giggles" page of my new web site. I chose an entry from the
search page and started scanning jokes ... they were vulgar ... down right
nasty, disrespectful, discriminatory and full of sexual content ... and
this was listed as a site for "Clean, Christian Jokes!"
jokes were supposed to be clean, I'd hate to know what the site owners
would classify as dirty! Laughter is a wondrous gift, but man has
misused, abused and perverted it. Surely no one is so spiritually numb
as to think that Jesus and the 12 disciples sat around telling dirty
jokes to each other! We've got to stop justifying smut with excuses
like, "Well, it's not too bad" or "I wouldn't tell this if there were
any men/women/kids here" or the classic ... "We're all adults."
it's not just jokes! We say, oh it's ok to run around half naked if
we're dressed appropriately for the activity we're engaged in.
Does that mean it's ok for a stripper to parade nude on stage
because that's appropriate for that particular activity? DUH!!! How
about folks who watch movies full of filthy language and claim, "What's
the difference? I hear it everywhere I go?" Yes, they probably do hear
IT in many places, but where and how does that give anyone the right to
take such garbage into the sanctity of the home? Look deep within and
ask, "Why would anyone want to?" Have we
forgotten that the Spirit of God that lives inside us hears everything
Good grief people! Does anyone actually believe that the Holy Ghost laughs
at off color jokes or starts breathing heavy when self-deluding
Christians watch porn? Then there's all the high tempered cursing and
mouthing off that so many do. Is Jesus our example or not? Read how
Jesus got angry in Matthew 21:12-13. How many "4-letter" words did He
use? Give me a break!
become born again believers, we're not supposed to just say "Ooops,
sorry," and go on exactly like we were before. Our lives are supposed to
change and that includes our thoughts and words. After all, we say
we're "Washed in the blood." Well, if we're really washed then the dirt
is supposed to be gone! Change doesn't always come instantly ... but at
bare minimum ... at least let God see us trying ... and believe me ... He
knows when we're trying to do better and when we're just trying to make
Him think we're trying.
Time and space do not afford the arena that is really necessary for
dealing with this issue, but if we want conditions in our world, our
churches and our lives to improve, we can't just talk the talk, we must
walk the walk, sooo ... CHRISTIANS ... STOP GRIEVING THE SPIRIT OF GOD AND
CLEAN UP YOUR ACT!!!
because I love Him,
HOPE YOU ENJOYED ... SHOCKED AND APPALLED
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