“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

-Brennan Manning

blogpic.jpgWe are all guilty of it, whether it was an innocent thought or lack of defense of the One who gave it all. We have not always been model Christians, and there are likely far too many times where we have felt we have let God down. It’s almost completely human to go about your day with your cross neckless, I Love Jesus Bumper Sticker, and your coffee mugs with a good Bible verse on it. Those are all great things, as long as we realize that is not what it means to be a Christian. They are great tools, they spark conversations. They raise awareness to Jesus Christ our Lord. These are all ways to honor Him, but they do not make you a Christian. I see plenty of people who wear sports team jerseys and don’t support the team for style. We can’t be Christians for style, but must because that is our way of life. We can continue to pat ourselves on the back for listening to more Hillsong than Lady Gaga, more Skillet than Korn, and more Matt Redman than Drake. Those are just a couple ways we make ourselves feel good. Again, they are great tools, but they are not punching your ticket to heaven, that is only achieved through faith in Jesus Christ. Some of you may have denied Him flat out, while others more discreetly. While you can slap a title on yourself it means nothing if you do not do something about it.

“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.”

-James 2:19

As it is stated in James, even demons believe in God, but that does not make them a believer. These are figures which stand for evil, but they know there is a God, and they fear Him, as we all should. God is loving, but He should be feared. We should all have a healthy fear of the wrath of God, because he is a Lion. He’s strong, our King, and one that has a pure heart. He can be graceful and beautiful, but like a lion if you stand against it, chances are you’re not going to fare too well.

Christianity is a way of life, and I have referenced similar points before on this blog, but this is something that’s important. We as Christians must do our best to be a Christian 100% of the time. We must stand for forgiveness, help the sick, poor, and weary. No longer can we sit there and let our actions come off as unchristian. If we see someone who is poor and homeless help them, it’s not your place to judge. If you see someone who is in need to help, help them. If you see an old lady trying to cross the street help her. We must live as Christians, vote as Christians (I mean really vote as Christians), and make each day a journey toward our God. Try each day to improve yourself and your family. Cut the gossip and the slander, and bust out the empowering words you own. Help a cause you like and volunteer. Give tithes to noble causes.  People will take notice when you are improving yourself. It’s a tool for evangelism, when people ask why have you changed tell them simply “I did this for Jesus, I am a Christian.” It’s a way of saying “Hey, this is what Christians are.” Remember folks we are the church, which means people will judge the church by who is a part of it, who represents it to them. Show forgiveness, be the bigger person, you can save so many lives doing so. We may not be perfect, but we can cleanse ourselves before our God, when we fail pray, when we triumph pray, when we are busy pray, when we have nothing to do pray. Christianity is a journey, not a race. So let’s get out and honor him to the best of our ability, even if it takes time, even if no one else notices God will.

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