Perhaps I should clarify. I am so done with being grouped together with those who call themselves a “Christian”. Allow me to explain.
I believe it is clear in scripture that ‘Christians’ are actually supposed to look different. We are, after all, ‘living epistles read by all men’ (2 Cor. 3:1-3) and we are to “represent’ our Lord. People are supposed to ‘know us by our fruit’. The changes that are, or at least should be taking place on the inside should show up in our lives and the way we live them. When the unsaved look at us and our lives, they should see a difference, not feel as though they are looking in a mirror.
I am not at all talking about putting on airs or only outward changes or some legalistic type of living. If there are no ‘outward’ signs that you are different than the world, it might be beneficial to do some soul searching and find out if we are actually saved. Praying a prayer and going to church on Sunday does not save us, nor is it evidence of true salvation. Just sayin’.
I have been astounded in the last week or so to hear and see things that “Christians” find perfectly acceptable. For instance, apparently “Christians” are reading a book called Fifty Shades of Grey en mass. It’s porn, ladies!
How about the Twilight series. How in the world does one justify reading these and seeing the movies? I dare you to find one scripture that says it would be okay to fill your mind with such filth. Perhaps it our ‘freedom in Christ’, right? 'It’s only a movie or a book’, right? ‘You are being so judgmental, what harm is there in it?’
The movies we “Christians” see. I personally am ever convicted in this realm, so don’t think I am being all self-righteous here. I too have seen movies I am ashamed to have seen and have repented. (even recently) Do we really think that the admonition to think on things lovely, pure, vitreous, good and praise worthy doesn’t include the two hours we are stuffing popcorn in your mouth watching movies with evil spirits represented, adultery, magic, violence and more?? Have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness! (Eph. 5:11)
Oh, and lest you think you are good girl because at least you don’t see rated R movies (which by the way, do you know how many “Christians’ see rated R movies??) the PG13 movies are not necessarily any better. Let’s stop judging a movie by its rating and start asking,' ‘would I be comfortable sitting next to Jesus Christ, GOD incarnate, and watch this movie’? I would challenge all of us, that if we do, we probably have no clue of the holiness of the God we are supposed to be serving. Tough words, I know. Again, I am not saying my behavior and choices are exempt here, I’m preaching to myself too.
One more subject that is stuck in my craw. The way we “Christians” dress. I will probably dive in deeper in another post, but come on!!!! This might be harsh, but I had the thought the other day, if Jesus walked into any one of the many churches, even in my own city, His first thought might actually be, ‘wow, they are doing so awesome, look at all the hookers and prostitutes here.’ Thems is fightin’ words, I know. But in the name of ‘freedom in Christ’ and fashion and harmless fun, do you really think it is okay to dress with skirts mid-thigh?? Cleavage showing?? Tight, form fitting clothes?? Not trying to offend anyone here, but my husband, nor my sons need to see the parts of your body that really should be enjoyed only by your husband!
Do we just throw out the verses that talk about modesty and being discreet because the fashion trend right now is trashy and sexy? And why is this okay with the husbands and the fathers? To see young girls with short shorts on with the words ‘delicious’ or ‘hot’ plastered across the back of her shorts. I am not kidding when I say I have all I can do to not go up and grab her daddy by the collar.
Back to my point of what we ‘look’ like. I know we aren’t supposed to judge on appearances and it’s ‘the heart that matters’ (insert finger into throat) but, sorry, we live in a very visual world and our behavior is being ‘judged’ by every single person who sees us. Does our behavior and/or our choices represent the King of kings and Lord of lords? Would our behavior (which often times represent our heart) get us spit out of the mouth of Jesus?
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
I heard recently in a message on this scripture and it was pointed out how when people look at and judge another’s life, Jesus would prefer the Church to either be cold or hot, because then it would be obvious to the unbeliever whether or not you are His. When you are lukewarm, who can tell? Do we look more like Christ or more like the world?
So, at this point, I am not sure I am thrilled with being lumped into the “Christian” group. If being a “Christian” means being ‘relevant’ (don’t get me started on this one) and doing what “I” want, acting, thinking, and talking like the ‘world’, I am not sure about being called a “Christian”. Isn’t being a “Christian” being a ‘Christ follower’ anyway?!!
What really put me over the top this week was reading a review on “Christianity Today’s’ website of Snow White and the Huntsman. I did not find it ironic at all that a magazine called “Christianity Today” (which apparently represents Christianity of today) found nothing wrong with this movie and in fact found it to be a pretty good movie. WHAT??! A magazine/website called “Christianity Today”, one the ‘Christians’ might turn to for a decent review on whether or not they should see this movie, gave it a good review. Where is the admonition that this movie is FULL (actually rated extreme) in areas like, violence, scary/tense scenes, guns/weapons, disrespectful/bad attitudes. Or, HEAVY in, alcohol, drugs, blood/gross stuff and sex/nudity to name a few! How is this okay?? Sounds like a movie to sit and watch with Jesus, doesn’t it?
I guess this speaks volumes to what “Christianity” really is today, doesn’t it? I am so not done yet with my ‘rant’, but I had to get some of it off my chest, it has been building all week. LOL Please know that I am not exempting myself from this post. I have been challenged in all these areas this past week. I have done some repenting and some real soul searching myself.
AND, I am not ‘judging’ you or condemning you, just challenging you. I hope to share some companion scripture with this post, just ran out of time.