Confusion is the devil’s playground.
He is less likely to attack the non-Christian; he allows them to remove themselves from God so they are easy prey. Let him get in the middle of feuding Jesus people and he will laugh all the way to their banks.
History repeats itself. Or maybe I should say satan repeats himself. He is the king of repetition; you would think we would have learned by now his attacks are copycat copies.
What about the real thinkers? The theological “logians” or legalistic, persnickety, anti-pew speaking Jesus followers? Or the over-educated scripture dissectors who preach the ability to view your personal walk with God as their judgment.
Lighten up people! This feeds the enemy exactly what he wants. As we single out the “grammar Nazi” equivalents of Bible rhetoric we are losing the very hearts of the people we were sent to disciple.
Yes; they watch us. They wait for us to make mistakes, sin or fall into traps of indignity or scandal. As we claim our perfection that we really don’t have they expect it. As we call each other out on self-admiration of our own spirituality, the non-believer is scratching his head wondering “and you call yourself a Christian?”
Far be it for us to relinquish our humble attitudes of knowledge. WE are not God.
Fabricated theories, bogus ideologies and the hacker who has nothing better to do but stir up trouble are all hitting Christians fast forward. Living in a tested society of wills we are subjected to refrain from “rubbing someone the wrong way” even if it is God’s truth. How dare we offend anyone!
Jesus was mentally and emotionally assaulted as well as physically. What did he do? Get uptight? Throw a pity party? Hurl reprobate charges in a slice of revenge? NO…..
Jesus picked up a stone and offered it to the wired, charlatans, “You who have no sin can throw the first stone.”
One by one the dissemblers walked away in a noticeable stretch of blasted humility.
We are incorrect probably more than not.
We will say or do the wrong things.
We will make mistakes.
The non-believers, skeptics and doubters will always expect Christians to be perfect. How ludicrous is that? Outside of the fact God created us to need him, being perfect is not an option. We can’t be perfect and need God at the same time. And, any perfection to come is only through the Cross of Christ.
God’s people should uplift and encourage each other instead of meticulously bellyache over pointed scriptural differences and principled dogma. God is perfectly capable of using the ill-advised or rookie to get his purpose accomplished. Who are we to question his actions?
Throughout history God has used murderers, adulterers, mentally ill leaders, thieves and the most educated Pharisees to perform the work he placed them on earth to do. So how do we rate with these fallen Christians? How do we establish ourselves different from them?
We can’t. We are them.