Would Jesus Really?
As Christians, the Bible tells us that we are to be a light in this world. The Lord tells us to be in the world, but not of it, and to love even our enemies. In fact, Jesus was the epitome of grace, love, and forgiveness. He is forgiveness, and forgives all for their sin. We as people should forgive quickly, love without question, and show grace. Should we though, sugarcoat the truth to bring others to Christ? The Bible does talk about how an incoming Christian is to be fed milk rather than meat, but what does that really mean?
The church is a place where all go who are sick, and also the church is for the already saved to "eat" and be refilled. We as Christians are to live a life according to the ways of the Lord, and also bring others to Christ so that they may walk in the Lord. Needless to say, we cannot change people, only God can change people if they're willing. He could force every human to be a Christian, but He thinks of us as more than just robots. He created us to be exactly human.
Although we being creatures not perfect, we are still to follow God's perfect plan for our lives, even new Christians.
I have been watching sermons, and have been listening to preachers speak all over the world. As of late though, I feel like some churches are beginning to want members rather than change. Let me tell you what I mean by this.
Pastors will often preach on forgiveness, and how that Jesus will always forgive us of our sins. I agree 110% with this statement, but is it alright to continue in our sin? The answer to that, if we are Christians or claim to be is no. We can't serve two masters.
Recently, I have noticed that some churches are stretching the importance on forgiveness, and often times will almost make it seem like Heaven is attainable if we sin daily, and just continue to ask for forgiveness. It just does not work that way. God cannot change what we do not let Him change.
Not only that, but I have noticed as well that some pastors and church leaders, are beginning to say that their church stands for things that God is clearly against. To say that a church stands for something that the Lord is against, well it confuses new Christians and just Christians in general. How then can a sick person begin to heal, if the doctors are telling the cocaine addict that it is okay to do cocaine, as long as he or she enters the hospital?
The addict will still be an addict, unless the doctors seek real change for their patient. They can receive the patient with love, and provide a safe environment, but they should also give the addict information on how to deal with addiction. Maybe even recommend a place for the addict to begin treatment. They may not be able to cure the addicts addiction, which often times they cannot. Nevertheless, the tips and helpful guidance can lead to the addicts recovery.
So, if the church does not try to point the "sick" in the right direction and just tells the addict that it is okay for them to continue what they are doing, as long as they as for forgiveness, then no real change can be done. They are new to the faith, and need that guidance and wisdom from those who are further along in the process. Whether or not they continue a life led by Jesus is up to that person, but at least the "doctors" tried.
This also brings me to us Christians today. We are a walking church, and when others see us, they see us as a representation of Jesus and His church. We need to be careful of what we allow into our lives, and often question whether or not Christ would allow certain things. Maybe even think of it as Jesus being there in that instance watching whatever you are watching, or doing whatever you are doing, would He approve?
I ask myself this question a lot as of late, but I just recently begin to really think about what I was doing, and what I was watching, or who I was letting in. I am not perfect, and no one is, but I know that I personally need to be more careful of what I say and do.I know that there are plenty of things that I have done that Jesus is not proud of, yet He still loves me, but I do know that I can always try harder.
As for the church I believe that most Christian churches, the pastor and the leaders, are trying. No church is perfect, and no one is perfect, but in these last days we must be careful and we must begin to seek change rather than how many seats can we fill.
Are we beginning to sugarcoat the word of God for the approval of the world?
© 2018 Shema Eddings