Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Unofficial Spokespeople for Christianity

Today’s LifeWay Daily Devotional (“Point to Christ” by Richard Land) spoke on how conversations about Christianity can take a turn away from the true subject at hand. He says, “Those to whom we are seeking to witness often point to the many faults of His followers. We can easily become engaged in a conversation about hypocrisy in the church.”

It seems to me that this is just about the biggest reason people are turned off from Christianity. And, unfortunately, we are all faulty, Christian or not. However, as Christians, we are kind of unofficial spokespeople for God. We don’t ask for this role and most of us will admit that we aren’t the best examples. Mark Hall of Casting Crowns once said, “I have a saved spirit but I still think with a lost brain.”

But this is not the point I want to make here. The point I want to make is that we, as flawed individual Christians, do NOT always reflect what God and Jesus try to get across to us. Yes, the Bible points out so many instances where Godly people did things that weren’t Godly. It also points out to us that sinners can still be used for God’s glory. If anything, this should be something to rejoice about! God knows we sin, will continue to struggle with sin even after we are saved, and He still loves us! We still have a place in Heaven with Him! Isn’t that awesome!

Hopefully, the next time we come up against the argument that all Christians are hypocrites, we can acknowledge with grace and humility that, yes, we are and then point them to the One who wasn’t… the One who was pure, who gave His life so that we may have a place in Heaven. He is what Christianity is all about. Not us. It is never about us. It’s all about Him. No argument about it.

Reference verses on our struggles with sin:
Romans 7:14-25
Galatians 5:16-18
1 Peter 5:8-9

Reference verses on Jesus' sinless-ness: 
Matthew 4: 1-11
Luke 4:1-13
2 Corinthians 5:21
Hebrews 7:23-28

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