We hear a lot of talk today from those who say we are not a Christian nation, and even many Christians would have to agree.
While there are those who dispute that this nation was founded on Christian principles, they just do not know our history.
We learn from history, but we do not live history. We live today and only today. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never be. “Just one life and it will soon be past and only what is done for Christ will last.”
There is just no practical way of knowing how many Christians there are in America. This is because so many claim that name without having a clue as to what it really means to be a Christian.
In America, it is unlawful to discriminate against any religion but Christianity. There are places around the world where they are not even welcome to live in the community.
Some think if they are not Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, that automatically makes them a Christian – a fallacy. Some think since their parents were Christians then that automatically makes them a Christian – a fallacy. Some people think that if they are merely baptized at birth, or sometime afterward, that makes them a Christian – A fallacy. Some people use the name of Christianity to hide behind to do their dastardly deeds. However, many other religions practice their dastardly deeds as part of their beliefs.
Some think that being a Christian is just agreeing to “join the club.” – A fallacy. Some think that being a Christian is just admitting that there was a man who lived in history who was named Jesus. And… that is all there is to it. – A fallacy. Even the devil believes in Jesus, and he trembles.
Followers of Jesus did not vote to decide on a name for their society. They were first called Christians at Antioch, and it was meant to be a derogatory name. There were mere followers of Jesus when He was on earth, but they soon fell by the wayside because they were not of Christ.
True Christians are crying out to God to reclaim our nation. It is not God who needs to reclaim our nation for Christ, but it is our duty as Christians. Christians are dying and being persecuted all over the world because of their faith. While American Christians still have a voice and a measure of freedom, they need to come out of the closet and proclaim to the world that they are true disciples and lovers of Christ. This is not – a fallacy.
We need to shed the scales from our eyes and realize that as Christians, we have failed. Many Christian churches have failed. We have allowed the name of Jesus to be mocked by so-called evangelists – who preach a good sermon – one of monetary gain. This is not – a fallacy
We need to stand behind those true men of God and support their message of true Christianity. The disciples worshipped on boats, beside the sea shore, on top of mountains, along the road side, and in caves. But most of all they worshipped in homes. This is not – A fallacy
Christian parents have failed their children, and they are reaping a harvest of sorrow, crime, and disillusionment. Bill Cosby says to parents that they will stand beside their child in trouble and swear, “He, did not do it.” Mr. Cosby says, “He did do it and where were you as a parent in his formative years?” This is not – a fallacy
There has been a trend in recent decades by atheists to erase any semblance of Christianity in America. They support alternate lifestyles, they support abortion, they support taking prayer and Bible reading out of the schools, they support the prohibition of the “Lord’s Prayer;” or saying the “Pledge to the Flag” in public. They support everything that is anti-God… God’s Word says, “It is a fool who says in his heart that there is no God!” And, “We shall all reap what we have sown.” This is not – a fallacy
That is who atheists are. It is sad to know that they think they can eradicate the true people of God. God has said that He would never be without a witness. They think if they can stop people from believing in God then their choices in life will be condoned – not so. God changes not. This is not – a fallacy
They tried that in Bible days, and all of the disciples died horrible deaths. When Peter was to be crucified, he asked to be crucified upside down rather than like Jesus. Being a Christian will cost you something – maybe even your own life. “But what doth is profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?”
The Bible says that these twelve men turned the world upside down. For over 2,000 years, people have believed in God through Christ all because of these twelve men and others like them. Paul was a hater of Christians and even killed them, but he became the greatest writer of the New Testament. It is astonishing what God can do with a worthless life when they give it to Him through Christ. This is not – A fallacy
What are Christians supporting? Many live their lives by supporting the cause of Christ, and they are speaking boldly about what the Bible teaches. However, so many are just complacent enough merely to say they are a Christian… just in case….but they are not making an impact on our nation and the world except in a negative way. Yes, in a negative way. For others look at their life and see no difference in them than in their own lives without Christ.
Salvation does not come from “being good,” or “doing good,” but through a personal relationship with Christ.
Some are merely riding the coat tails of a fallacy of what they “think” being a Christian is all about. However, many who call themselves Christian will stand before a Holy God one day and give account for the way they have lived their lives.
There is an old Irish joke about two men attending the funeral of an atheist. One of them says, “Ah, look at the fella – so dressed up, and no place ta go!” Sadly, that will be true for so many who believe they have eternal life in heaven as a Christian. Then one day they will realize they were not.
Jesus will listen to all the pleas of charitable works, and will still say, “Depart from Me, I never knew you!” It is crucial for us to know Jesus. However, it is more valuable that He knows us.
A great man of the Gospel on TV this morning made it abundantly clear that many who claim Christ, do not know Him.
Many who deny Him would claim Him if they only knew Him.
You cannot believe in Him or claim Him – if you do not know Him.
If you do know Him, there is no doubt in your heart. When He has come to dwell in your heart you will simply know it – and like the little song says, “If you are saved and you know it, your life will surely show it.”
It is a knowing beyond explanation; you just know that you know.
Life’s problems may not diminish. You may lose relationships, or even your job. However, you will never truly lose if you choose Christ.
One minister spoke in such a way that I wish all of my family and friends could have experienced. He explained that just because you walk an aisle or even say a prayer that does not mean you are a Christian. Being a Christian is a transformation – being converted – means that you turned around from the direction in which you were headed – and turned toward the high calling of God.
When you are truly converted, your total life focuses in on Christ. When Paul was struck blind on that road, the first thing he said was, “Lord, what would you have me do?” And a prophet in the Bible said, “Lord, here am I send me!”
We need to examine our lives and see if our life depicts Jesus in everything we do, see, watch, drink, eat, and participate in. If you never opened your mouth, could another person know that you are of Christ strictly by your life?
Jesus said that while many are called, few are chosen. As a Christian, we are His representatives, His ambassadors, and His workers on this earth. How long would a company continue employing a man who was paid to represent the company; when he was out supporting the competition? While we claim Christ – are we supporting satan? If God was our employer, would He fire us?
There is no straddling the fence with God. It is all or nothing. Going to church does not make you any more of a Christian than going into a garage makes you a car. The thing that is significant here is: “What other places do Christians enter besides church?” How many porn industries do they support; how much violence in TV do they support, how much money do they spend on the evils of this world and not a dime to lift a cup of cold water to a thirsty child?
How many say they do not believe in abortion, but do not lift a finger to help an unwed mother? How many turn the channel in order not to see the dying and starving children of the world rather than cut out some waste in their lives to make a difference? How many gladly fork out the price of a can of beer and will not buy a cup of water for a child?
Americans spend enough on the foolish things of the world that could feed the whole starving world. Pets are a blessing from God, and they bring us much joy and companionship, but there are those who spend billions of dollars each year on frivolous pet items when children in their community are going hungry.
You may only have a dollar, but your dollar and the dollar of many more than make a difference. Seek out a truly Christian organization that is making a difference and give from the fruits of your labor to make a difference. There will be two blessings – theirs and yours. You cannot out give God.
Find several such organizations at the end of this article. Giving of you money is minuscule to what God wants. He wants your life, and until you are willing to give it, He does not care about your possessions – He can take them all away from you with one gigantic storm. Get connected, make a difference in someone’s life and your life will be all the better and even when hard times come, God will not abandon you nor forsake you.
Being a Christian is not a bunch of rituals kept on the outside; but a change that has taken place on the inside. Being a Christian means that your life has been transformed, and you no longer desire the evil things of this world. They grow strangely dim in the light of Christ.
Staggering home from the bar on Saturday night is not stamped out by going to church on Sunday. The Christian life is a 24/7 commitment. Do yourself a favor and become a “true” believer in God,” and stop playing the “Christian Card “when it is convenient or only in times of need, sorrow, or desperation.
Jesus also says that in that day, He will separate the wheat from the chaff and the lambs from the goats. Jesus did not die for our salvation as a mere means of a “fire insurance” policy against burning in hell. God saved us to charitable works and to live a life pleasing to Him. We need to examine our lives and see where we stand before Jesus… now, today… before we have to stand before Him in eternity.
We are told that we can judge a tree by the fruit it bears. I ask of myself as I ask of each of you, “Does my life show that I am a Christian by my life and my life’s choices?
· What books do I read?
· What movies do I watch?
· What TV shows do I watch?
· What do I laugh at?
· What language do I use?
· What manner do I treat others?
· What do I do to lead others to Christ?
What touches my heart that spurs me into action and not just mere words?
Do I have compassion for the homeless, the suffering, the hungry and the dying? Do I do more than say, “What a pity – God bless you!” God intends that we do the blessing through His Holy Spirit. We are to be productive and not seductive of the labor of others. God Word says, “If you don’t work, you don’t eat!” We are to labor for our own existence, but also to have extra to help the helpless, and hopeless, and not the care-less.
We are not saved to sit in the corner with our hands folded in our laps or shining our halos – we are to get out there in the world – into the highways and hedges – and to witness, preach, teach, admonish and love people in such a way that they will be drawn to Jesus – the Jesus they see in us. However, we cannot save ourselves by noble deeds.
We are only saved by the Grace of God.
· G – God’s
· R- Riches
· A – At
· C – Christ’s
· E- Expense
It is not enough for us to stand before TV cameras, or stand on soapboxes or to write beautiful sayings on Facebook about Jesus and God and prayer – we need to have the dirt of the world on our faces and our hands. With excited hearts, we need to get out into the trenches and dig, dig, dig, for the lives of those who are lost. We can only do this as we truly understand what being lost really means.
Follow this young man, Mark Allen, who has chosen to live among the homeless in order to teach them about Jesus. He is an inspiration to all who follow him on Facebook.
Being a Christian is not living in a “zippity-do-dah” world, looking through rose colored glasses and saying “all is well with the world.” Jesus did not die for that kind of religion. Jesus did not die for religion period. Jesus died for those who choose Him and His ways and keep His commandments. He died to restore those (who are willing) from a sinful condemned way of life – to a renewed hope in this life and the one to come.
The greatest of all the commandments given by Christ is that we should love one another and to love each other as Christ loves the church. How much did Christ love the church – He gave His life for her? Many all over the world are giving their lives because they have chosen Christ over and above religions.
We talk about saving the nation and the world, and we do not even know our neighbors. We should be conditioned to being aware of the needs of others. We should joyfully step in and do what we can – even if it is just a smile to a sick person in a waiting room, opening a door to someone who needs help, or putting some coins in the Christmas Pot.
We may casually say that we believe in Jesus, but our lives show that we are on better speaking terms with satan. What does Jesus require of us? OUR ALL in life; but He only asks back a small portion of what He gives materially to us to help others.
Remember our lives are the walking/talking Word of God and we will either win or lose the souls of those we love… by the way we live. “They will know we are Christians by our love.” (See a video of this song that says it all).
If you have not given your all, maybe you should check your relationship with Him. We are not promised another minute, and Jesus could come back at any time. My mother lived by the following thought.
She said she would never do anything that she would want to be doing when Jesus came back or called her home. She is now Home with Jesus, and because of her life here, there will be many more who will have eternal life – not only because of her words but because of her life her on this earth.
We are told that when we leave this world, we can take nothing with us – that is wrong. We can take with us the souls of our family and friends and even strangers, and we can take God’s Word. The only things that will escape this world will be the souls of man and the Word of God. Nations will come and go but the Word of God will endure forever. We cannot change our country until we change our hearts.
My mantra for many years – I have this written before my face where I can see if every day. Perhaps you would like to compose one of your own.
“God loves me and has an incredible plan for me. He will never forsake me. He hears all of my prayers. As long as I acknowledge Him, He will direct me. God knows all, sees all, and hears all and is ALL. There is only one happiness in this life….to love and to be loved. All love comes from God for without God there would be no love. John 3:16 – I count no day lost in which I have waited my turn, took only my share and sought advantage over no one, and loved the Lord with all my heart.”
For a better understanding of how we become a Christian (since we are not born one), can be found by taking a look at this little booklet prepared by the late Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ. Becoming a Christian is simple, living the life of a Christian is not – but it is the most rewarding life a person can ever live. This little booklet, the Four Spiritual Laws, can save your eternal life. Check and see if you are a real Christian.