Choice habits

25 05 2009

I just don’t get it.  Why claim to be a Christian – a mini Christ, a Christ follower – but ignore His authority?  Why claim to live life based on the teachings of the Bible, the Word of God Himself, yet reject parts of it?  And who chooses which parts are good to accept and which to reject?   Do we have to obey any of it or are we excused Galatians 5 v 19-21 because we “have a short fuse” or have an addictive personality?  Where is it “safe” to draw the line – i.e. our interpretation vs God’s direct command?

I’m not in a position of church leadership so I don’t have difficult decisions to make that have huge impact on thousands of followers, but I do read my Bible.  I’m not going to pretend the choices are easy, but all choices – big or small, private or public – either serve God or serve ourselves.  And if we’re in a position of leadership, our responsibility is far greater, reaching many people and shaping their culture.

All issues considered by our church leaders fall into this category.  Whatever the particular subject up for discussion, it’s the same two choices.  Honour God and obey His Word or satisfy self and deny His authority.  Bow to culture or bow to God.  It’s really not about being fulfilled or applauded; it’s about denying self, taking up our cross and following Jesus.

That’s not a popular, “enlightened” or politically correct thing to do.  Jesus did it, though, for us – so that we can be forgiven from all our sins and saved for all eternity.  Doesn’t that make us want to live unpopular, enlightened, politically incorrect lives for Him, on His terms?

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