Now more than ever Christians are under attack and are being ridiculed for their beliefs. Our very actions are being looked at and pulled apart. Let us not make it easier for others to justify what many are saying,” that we are hypocrites.”
I have read several articles recently on Christians who have fallen into sexual sin. There is absolute forgiveness of sins, however, if we are making a stand against sexual immorality it is important that we do not engage in these behaviors as well.
We are not as effective witnesses for Christ when we ourselves have fallen into the same sin as the ones we are trying to share the Gospel with. Unbelievers want to know we are what we say we believe. Christians, we are living in a time that we should be allowing God to purify and purge our sins so that we can be the light to the dark world. It is imperative that we are not confusing to others by our behavior, or by agreeing with the culture or government around us.
Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior and they will give honor to God when He judges the world. 1 Peter 2:12
The world is watching Christians, and they are ready to persecute us for our actions. As I was reading some comments on a couple of articles that have been posted about the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage, I was taken back at the hateful responses that were not only coming from the gay community but from Christians as well. There should not be any hateful speech from Christians because of this decision. Everyone, regardless of their race, religion, or sexual orientation deserves respect. We will not win this community or anyone for that matter with judgmental hate. Try looking at things in a different manner. Many are broken just like we once were before Christ.
I have a love for this community because I have had to open my eyes and heart to a family member in this lifestyle. God has broken my heart for ones in this lifestyle. I was so “black and white” on the issue of homosexuality until my son said he was gay. I have had to go through the “trenches” to learn to love and speak truth in love. What a delicate balance this is!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
My son watches me, and he observes EVERYTHING I do. I very much know that he has me under a microscope, but he wants to know (I believe) that what I say I believe he can trust. His friends have come over to my house and they watch me and they listen to me. I listen to their stories and I do not portray myself as any better than they are. I am a sinner saved by God’s grace. I had a discussion with my son months ago and shared with him I had sinned in an area and wanted him to know that God did forgive me but I was turning from that sin. He was so shocked I shared with him how I sinned but that I was choosing to walk away from that sin. I wait for the opportune time to speak of God and His ways, and there is never any confusion or compromise where I stand in what I believe.
The Lord is purifying His people so that we may present ourselves as living vessels for Christ. We are the representatives of Jesus Christ, are we acting that way? What would Jesus do? Convict sin, yes, but He also went after the sinners with love, mercy and grace.
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:20
How do you believe, as Christians, we are living under a microscope? How can we be better representatives of Christ to a lost and dying world?