The Christian culture has evolved from being word of God based, into a distortion of His word to fit our lives. You can’t water down the only source of truth to fit in, to blend in, to look like the rest of the world.
Jesus even talked about this.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what we have going on, churches compromising the word of God to suit themselves and others around them.
It’s a fake watered down version of who God really is, and what He really has for you and others.
I think what is happening is we care more about what society, authors, pastors, friends, and family think, more than we actually care about what God has mandated and set forth. He hasn’t changed. He didn’t change. He won’t change.
So, if you want to look like the world, more power to you, but don’t do it with the stamp of God’s word as approval. His word is sacred. It’s the only source of truth we have to cling to in this life.
Don’t taint that. Don’t distort that. Don’t quote it to fit your immoral life, use it to CHANGE your immoral life. We should have more honor for God and His word than we do. It actually shakes me up when I hear someone tainting it to fit a certain choice or lifestyle.
Y’all. Read His word. You should know it better than anything else. You should be able to quote it better than anything else. You should love and live it more than anything else.
“Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you. Just obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you.”
Deuteronomy 4:2 NLT
I’m totally cool with people living life how they want to on their own ticket, but don’t think you’ve bought a one way ticket to God based on sin. Jesus didn’t come for people to “stay” the same. YES, he hung out with sinners, but they did not STAY sinners. He came to save them from the world, not to allow them to stay in their muck and mire.
I implore you to properly LOVE the people in your life by being real with them. Jesus didn’t nullify the word of God, He came to fulfill it. His love is, YES, for everyone but that love should implore CHANGE, it should not leave that person the same!
Love isn’t acceptance. Love is a sacrifice of ones self for someone else. It demands change. It creates an environment for change. It sees that change in your life already happening.
“On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
““Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.”
John 17:13-17 NLT
Why would you want a God that allows you to stay far from Him? Why would you want a God that requires nothing from you? Why would you want a God who is inconsistent? What kind of relationship is that really breeding? How long lasting is that? How purposeful is that really?
This is just one sinners viewpoint. I’ve really tried within the last year to love people THROUGH their brokenness. Notice the word. Through. Not in their brokenness. THROUGH.
The word IN mandates that the person stays there, that nothing is required to change, that you can just mellow there in your own brokenness and I’ll just be a passenger along the way, not really offering any direction to get off that path.
The word through requires action to get them from one side to the next. It requires action, purpose, and a plan to see that person successfully overcome that brokenness in Jesus! It gives them the tools needed to navigate life in Him well. Two varying different viewpoints: but also two varying different results.
One results in no change of their lives what-so-ever and one evokes change to get to Him!
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
So, while the Christian culture seeks to be “relevant” to the world, they are making themselves irrelevant to the God they supposedly serve.
If their ever was a time to KNOW His word more than you know the sitcom you watch, or the music artist you follow, or that book author who’s got another best selling book out, or the belief of someone else, NOW is the time!
His word is meant to make you uncomfortable, it’s meant to make you question your choices and decisions, it’s meant to cause sacrifice to follow Jesus right to His father in heaven!
Let’s not miss it because we care more concerned about “fitting” in than truly being different than this world, and setting ourselves aside for the almighty God!
Until next time,