Monday, March 30, 2015

Do better!



"I didn't know what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better" Maya Angelou

I honestly consider myself pretty tolerant of peoples differing opinions, ideas, and ways of life. Not saying that I necessarily agree with or support some life styles. But I don't find myself being outraged by people who just don't get it yet... people who's lifestyles reflect the fact that they are in desperate need of a savior. I am not compelled to argue with them, even though I may not agree with them. It isn't difficult for me to "love the sinner" so to speak...

In most cases....

But do you know what really creams my corn?

People who have openly expressed an experience with Christ, proclaimed to be living a life in pursuit of him and his will, yet the still CONSTANTLY post garbage on their social media accounts.

Like, have you seen these posts? The one where they are quoting John 3:16, and the very next one is filled with so many expletives I'm embarrassed to even read them?

Now, I can see how this might be coming off holier than thou... trust me I am not... scroll down to a few posts back... yeah I'm a screw up. 

But here is the thing, I am trying my darn tootinest to be better than I was yesterday.

We all have struggles and foul language may be on of those struggles for you. But slipping a curse word at work and taking the time to allow those thoughts to translate from you brain to your fingers in a post are two completely different things. I mean, can you "slip" when typing?

And maybe you do struggle with Alcohol abuse... I can't even imagine the pain you must be in. But if you are proclaiming to be a Christian, there is a big difference between struggling with alcohol use and posting pictures of you and your friends getting wasted seemingly quite proud of yourself.

I have a lot of tolerance for sinners. I have a lot of tolerance for Christians who make mistakes. My tolerance for Christians who continue to act ignorant? On a scale of 1-10, its probably a 0.

We can't keep doing the same things over and over and calling them mistakes. A mistake implies that you are ignorant to the consequence or outcome. That you completed the action without serious consideration of the possible negative effects.

But if you considered the consequences and you just didn't care? How can you call that a mistake?

I unintentionally ran a stop sign a few moths back. I was on my way to work, thinking about the day ahead, when I saw those blue flashing lights behind me. I was so focused on getting to work I honestly had no idea why he was pulling me over. He asked me why I ran the stop sign, my response was "I ran a stop sign?!?!" I had no idea. This was a mistake.

But if I had just simply been in a hurry to get to work and I saw that big red stop sign right in front of me, and I chose to just blow past it, how can I consider this a mistake? No my friends, that would be a choice.

And the right choices aren't always easy. I've made lots of bad ones.

But when we know better, we should do better! That doesn't mean we will be perfect, but isn't that what we as Christians are supposed to be striving towards?

Because it's not just about you! What about those who see the stupid things that we do, and because of that they decide to no longer follow Christ? It might sound extreme but Christian's get accused so often of being hypocrites. 

It's time to stop saying "well it's not a sin" and start asking if what you are doing is God's best for you...

And if it's sin... then call it what it is. Stop justifying yourself. God prefers you to be either sold out or completely in the other direction. People who profess Christ with their mouths but don't reflect him in their life styles make him sick.... don't be that person

So let's make the decision to do better... start today!

Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."


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