Often God’s people look out at the world and judge them for their sin: the drinking, smoking, illicit sex, foul mouths, and perverted relationships. We’re so busy pointing our “righteous” fingers at them, we neglect to look inward. Let us (the church) point our fingers at the ones that need it the most: ourselves.
We know the truth, we have the Holy Scriptures, we have Jesus and the Holy Spirit dwells within us warning us of wrong and guiding us to do right, yet, we willfully choose to do wrong; the world, on the other hand, does not have the ability to live right for they don’t have Christ, nor do they truly know what is right for they don’t have the standard by which to live: the Holy Scriptures. They merely echo what they see others doing. Therefore we may in fact, be the only Bible the world sees, thus we must live as such. Let us live holy and righteous lives for the Lord because the Lord is holy and righteous. 1Pet 1:13-16 “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
Quite possibly the hardest thing for Christians to admit is the evil of our day is not because of how bad the world is, rather it’s because of how bad the we are: 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Have we humbled ourselves? Do we pray earnestly? (I know I need improvement here). Do we seek His face? Do we turn from our wicked ways? Each of us has our areas of struggle, yet we must not continue to excuse our sinful behavior or we will never change. If we, with Christ, do not change, why expect the world, who is without Him, to do so? Neutrality has entered the temple(s) of God. The temple refers to us: 1Cor 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” God has revealed clearly what He thinks of our neutrality: “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” Rev 3:16-19.
All things are possible with Jesus Christ, at lest that’s what we preach! If it’s not so, then it’s time to stop preaching it and if it be so, which it is because God has told us it is, then it’s time to stop offering all the excuses we often hear: I’m not perfect, I’m only human, I’m going to sin anyway, so why try, I, I, I…. You know your favorite and I know mind. Is it not time to look into our souls, be honest we ourselves, and choose to live for the one we love and serve?