August 26th 12:01 AM
The problem with not believing in Love is that it demeans God. God is love. If you don’t believe in Love, you don’t believe in God. It’s rather simple. No wonder I was struggling with my faith when I went through the whole “I don’t believe in Love” Phase… when I was questioning Love, I was also questioning God’s presence inside of me. It got to the point that I couldn’t act in Christ because I didn’t believe in the root of Christ’s actions. My actions and attitudes were wrong, and for that, I owe a lot of apologies to a lot of people. How hypocritical I’ve been by preaching something I don’t even believe in myself.
This leads to another question; If you call yourself a christian, but don’t turn your life over to him, are you truly saved? My inclination is no. It says in Revelation 3:16 that because the church in Laodicea was neither hot or cold, they would be spit out. I believe that if a person believes with all their heart, soul, and mind that Jesus is Lord, they’ll turn over their life to him without the slightest hesitation. In America today there are a lot of people that believe in their head, but not in their heart. It kind of pisses me off…. How many posers there are out there. Goth’s don’t like poser Goth’s…. Emo’s don’t like poser Emo’s…. Preppy’s don’t like poser preppys(Haha, the posers don’t like poser posers!) I don’t like poser christians. It’s hard to take someone seriously when they’re merely a shell of a christian on the outside, and concentrated evil on the inside just like every other heathen out there. Seriously. and If I, a fellow christian, can’t take them seriously, then non-christians fo sho can’t take them seriously. It sickens me. The Church in America needs Revival.
To paraphrase…. all are posers and have come short of the glory of God. My impression of what you are saying is that posers are Christians who still sin? Christians who are still hypocritical in various ways? What is it about being Christian that makes you think the sin and the hypocrisy will end when a person quits posing and becomes a sincere Christian? Sin and hypocrisy are with us for life as an integral part of being imperfect humans. Jesus met up with all kinds of people who were posers, but He did not proclaim to the world, “I don’t like posers!” If He had, He wouldn’t be much of a role model, would He? Could not an argument be made then that a Christian who doesn’t like poser Christians is also a poser? If so, then this implies that one of the biggest difficulties with pointing out and labeling posers is the line from the end of one’s finger eventually comes back around to label the pointer! Surely there must be a better way to help the posers, rather than drawing lines and pointing out boundaries? Perhaps I have misunderstood your meaning…..
As humans it’s impossible to be perfect. As christians it is our duty to try to be like christ(who is perfect). What frustrates me is people who are saying “I am representing christ” and then they don’t even try to represent him.
It is true, I’m a poser. There are days when I really don’t feel like living like Christ, but I have to overcome if I want to call myself a christian.
I believe it’s important to set a model for the “posers” and help friends get to a point in their life where they can say that they’re not a poser anymore. Even if I think someone is a poser, that doesn’t stop me from pressing toward christ with my relationship with them.
Thanks for the post, btw
I see your point. Many people talk the talk, but don’t really make the effort. I guess I would just say that one of the most difficult aspects of being a follower of Christ is setting your eample in such a way that others will respond favorably to you and to Christ, rather than feel put off or feel judged by you. That is a challenge I face today, and have faced for many years. If you can master that, then you will sway more people than you can possibly imagine! My prayers are with you! Thanks for having such a fine understanding of the situation at such an early age!
Thanks for the prayers! They’re always welcome and needed.