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Pointers along the way #624

Kinder than God

- Jacob Ninan

When the almighty God has revealed Himself to us in the Bible and told us how things ought to be, dare we disagree and say we have come to know things differently? Even evangelical Christians are beginning to accept the ideas that perhaps sexuality other than male and female is OK, religions that differ with Christ in theory and practice may also be acceptable, cultural and social practices that signify heathen beliefs are fun to join in, our preaching needs to be sanitised to avoid offending anyone's sentiments, etc.

We think we should just love and serve everyone without pointing out that what they are doing is wrong and they are going to end up in calamity. We no longer mention the words sin or repentance even in our churches because that wouldn't be love but judging. We preach messages that everything is going to be all right and that Jesus will do every miracle that people want. Of course we must focus on what Jesus has done and will do for us and avoid taking people back to the Law by telling them about things God wants them to do! Now everybody will be happy and we can gather around every Sunday and have our fun, swaying to contemporary music and enjoying raising hands and clapping, and biscuits and tea later. As long as we drop our tithes into the bag, no one should have any problem with us or ask us about our personal life with Christ.

Terrorism, racist and religious divides and political skullduggery are the order of the day, and what is expected of us Christians is not to talk about such things but take care of orphans and widows and run hospitals, schools and colleges. As long as we go along with the others around us they won't give us any trouble.

Have we lost our conviction that Jesus is the only way anyone can come to God (Jn.14:6)? Have we forgotten the fact that people all around us are on their way to eternal damnation? Are we just being friendly towards them, letting them continue in their ignorance because we don't want to offend anyone? Do we realise that once God has accepted us on the basis of faith in Jesus we are to be the light and salt of this world (Mt.5:13,14)? Do we think Jesus was being dramatic or exaggerating when He said if we belonged to Him (and walked with Him) the world would hate us (Jn.15:19)?

Our desire to be accepted by society, our fear of being persecuted and our mistaken concept of being nice to everyone have misled us, and we are no longer what God wants us to be or doing what He wants. Perhaps what we need is to hear what the Lord said to the church in Sardis, "I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you" (Re.3:1-3).


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