So it probably isn't a news flash but, life is not all lollipops and ferris wheels! It is not about blessings, how blessed we are, or our best life now. This, Christianity, is serious business! If one is in it for the blessings, to go to heaven, or to stay out of hell, there is probably something wrong! The reward for a follower of Christ has nothing to do with the current life we are living. Our reward is heaven, yelp, thats it, heaven. An eternity with our Lord and Saviour and if one is looking for a good feeling, or anything else from claiming Christianity, maybe this is a news flash after all. This is serious business!
God has promised to provide for our needs, not wants, but needs. He promises if we surrender all, and follow Him, not just be a fan and like Him, but to actually be a follower then we are assured of our reward, heaven. He doesn't promise happiness, health, wealth, or any other materialistic and worldly things. And if we don't get that point, the point that He is just, not fair, but just, real soon we very well may miss the reward that it appears so many feel confidently assured of getting. Christianity is serious business!
Think about it. Living in America we have more than the majority, if not all, of the rest of the world. But for some reason our hope seems to be about living our best life now and the blessings dear ol Santa god is giving us next. Boys and girls, people are dying daily. Do you really think they feel blessed? Were the apostles blessed at their death? For that matter, Jesus was killed! He wasn't looking for a blessing, or anything else for that matter. He was homeless, lived on support of others, spoke truth, and was not a very popular person. Yet for some strange reason, maybe it isn't so strange, the majority, not a scientific poll but, of Christians, or professing Christians, follow the Joel Osteens, Ken Hagins, Joyce Meyers, and any other feel good speaker of today. Yes, there have always been false teachers. But my goodness people, we are talking about the God you so profess to love so much! Christianity is serious business!
Jesus really doesn't ask much of us in this life; to follow Him, make disciples, love Him with all of your heart, soul and mind, to love your neighbor as yourself, and to have an answer for the hope you have. Easy as ABC, you know, Accept, Believe and Confess. Pretty easy huh? Then why is it that we can't even tell someone why we so love God? Again, yes I know faith. This simply means you haven't told anyone, or you have and are embarrassed to try it again because they laughed at your faith answer. Come on brothers and sisters, Christianity is serious business!
I can give you, and many others can also, answers, evidence for why we believe what we believe. But if all you are going to do is go to church and feel good about "serving" then why not join a civic organization instead. You can still go to meetings, socialize, have friends, and "serve".
Our churches are dying. Our kids are leaving the faith. Many Christians are dying. When are we going to wake up and realize sitting inside your four walls and saying a prayer, of which many feel is a bargaining time with God to change His mind, that something has to change. We have to stop being politically correct, worrying about hurting some ones feelings, and share the Truth as instructed. Do we even know what that is? I had someone recently, a "good" Christian, that they believed abortion was wrong but...always the dreaded but, but who are we to tell a woman it is wrong? Really? Who are we to say murder is wrong then? Gay marriage is currently a hot topic that is changing the meaning of "marriage" and "family". Go ahead, Google the definitions. Oh but who are we to say it is wrong? So does that mean we can simply change the definition of any moral to fit our need? Do we even understand there are objective moral values that are being changed right before our eyes? This is serious business!
Please stop getting mad over the Truth! Spend that time reading, or investigating if you believe God wants you to be healthy, wealthy and wise. Stop getting mad when Joel, Ken, and the other feel good popular guys out there are called false teachers. They are false teachers! Sorry, no I'm not, just stop. Turn off TBN and most all other televangelists and pick up that Book and read it. If we love God so much do you think it is too much to ask to at least know why? How will we ever change society if society is changing us? How will we ever answer our children's questions if we don't know why evolution is false? Why would they, our kids, relatives, friends, coworkers or anyone else consider following God if we can't tell them?
I love each of you and my heart beaks watching the world dictate to us when we are the one's with the Truth. We can make a difference...if only we treat God with the respect He deserves and realize, this is serious business!