So often within the church we look at the world and we judge them for their sin: they get drunk, have illicit sex, foul mouths, and perverted relationships: men with men and women with women. We’re so busy pointing our “righteous” fingers at them that we neglect to look inward at ourselves.
Our standard for judging (evaluating) ourselves and others is the Word of God. With it we can know if we are obeying God or disobeying Him. We can know if one is saved or lost not by one action, but by his lifestyle. Just as we can know if someone loves another not by the words spoken, but by the actions done. And most importantly the standards found in the Scriptures are for us, the church! The world cannot be expected nor will it live by them unless they come to Christ.
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; the world, has not the ability to live right for they don’t have Jesus, nor do they truly know what is right for they don’t have the standard by which to live: the Holy Scriptures. We may in fact be the only Bible the world sees; therefore let us live as such. Let us live holy and righteous lives for 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.”
The hardest thing to admit is that the evil of our day is not because of how bad the world is, rather it’s because of how bad the church is: 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? (ouch, I have a few I’m holding on to, what about you?) 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, if it’s true, as it is, it’s time to stop offering excuses: I’m not perfect, I’m only human, I would not if, it’s because of, I, I, I….
You know your favorite and I know mind. Is it not time to look into our hearts and choose to live for the one we serve? It's time to do the will of our father in heaven without the excuses.