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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Things That Make You Go, Hmmmm

Scripture to reflect upon for Truth Tuesday: John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

At our church picnic this weekend, Jared overheard a couple of young twentysomething girls talking. He’s not one for eavesdropping, but it was kind of hard not to pay attention when someone is dropping the F bomb at a church function. It reminds me of the C+C Music Factory song, “Things that Make You Go, Hmmm.”

When I hear people say they go to church on Sundays, but spend most of their week drunk and/or sleeping around, it makes me go, Hmmmm.

When I hear people say they are Christians, but end up talking smack about someone with utter vulgarity on facebook, it makes me go, Hmmmm.

When I see people post on facebook about their faith in God but in the very same breath talk about how they can’t wait to get high, it makes me go, Hmmmm.

When you say you were saved and you’re not who you used to be, why do you talk about your life as if you never changed? It makes me go, Hmmmm.

When you say you know God, but don’t want to praise him, it makes me go, Hmmmm.

You either know Jesus is the way the truth and the life, or you don’t. See, for me, when I wasn’t living my life entirely for Christ, I wasn’t going to church and pretending to be something I wasn’t. I don’t get that. What makes anyone believe that sitting in a pew on Sunday will save your soul? Going to church, saying you’re saved, and telling people you believe in Christ means nothing if you don’t walk in it (the way), believe it (the truth), and live it (the life).

You do not get the luxury to pick and choose truths from the bible to fit your lifestyle! The bible does not conform to you; you conform to Jesus who is The Word. The bible is not a drive-thru window of promises and truths. “Yes, I’ll take the Way, Truth and Life meal, but please leave out the No One Comes to the Father Except Through Me.” Yet that’s how many people are living as so-called Christians, and we wonder why the world calls us hypocrites. It’s not our beliefs that make the world angry, it’s the way we don’t live our beliefs, or worse yet, the way we overexert those beliefs and turn them into an excuse for hate while we don’t have a clue how to live our own lives.

I'm becoming less shocked realizing that probably half of the “congregation” occupying pew space in church every Sunday are only there for appearances sake, not for Jesus. That’s a shame! If Jesus is the way the truth and the life, and the ONLY way to the Father, then merely telling the world one thing and living something entirely different means the truth is not really the truth to you and the world won’t believe it either.

NOTE TO SELF: Make up your mind today to live the truth wholly. Do what you say instead of saying what you do. Show the world today that you are different so they will in turn go, “Hmmm” and contemplate Christ!

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