Friday, January 13, 2006

How Shiney are we?

This week we've been going through Philippians in our study. Admitedly we're meant to be looking at How and Why Jesus came as a man. BUT as usual when you read the sciptures some parts just jump out at you:

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 14Do all things without grumbling or questioning, 15that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16holding fast to the word of life. (Phil 2 vs 11-15)

Lights of the world, holding fast the word of life. We all agree with this and try to do it. HOWEVER i came across this in my surfing the net (see more on my sex society and the singles christian blog):

Well not being a Christian myself I cannot say much about the demolishing of SAM's however, here's a quandry. As a single woman, who is spiritual and of a different path, it surprises me how many single Christian men that I have met on dates who weren't into celibacy at all. So to me that meant that they weren't Christian at all, and makes it very difficult to understand why a man would say he's Born Again and yet not take that into consideration as far as celibacy and when he has the opportunity for a sexual encounter the religious beliefs go right out the window.

Wonder how true to their faith they must be. Obviously not much in my eyes!

This is a response to an intertnet article on SAM (Single adult misistries), the article wasbadly writtern and ill informed. But the response shocked me. How true is this? We are called to be salt and light, in all areas of our lives for the world to see we are differnt, people will be watching us and what we do as Christians. I do feel sorry for this girl writting, it seems she has gone out and slept with a few christian men, something has gone wrong, where is the "holding fast to the word of life". Why wern't these men witnesing??? their tounges were obviously being employed in the wrong way!
a few musings:
1) Temptation, it easy to judge, but we must beware "that you don't fall". Yet it is a real danger out there, temptation is real and we can fall and sin. Be aware of where you struggle, pray and seek help.
2) How important is our witness, to those outside. If (when!) we fall it will be hard to carry on in our witness and evangelisum, we will get critisium and people will acuse of of hypocracy. we in essence will have ebcome a stumbling block for others.
3) How real is our faith? our we fully and complety submitting all areas of our live to Jesus?.. or does our faith fly out the window when something more "fun" comes along. One of the marks of our faith is that we obey and submit to God. How much are we doing this or are there areas we choose to keep to our selves and do not let God in?
4) It also shows the dangers of dating non-christians, even the "spiritual ones", if thier not saved they wont have the same outlooks.
5) We have Grace, when we mess up and seem to have ruined our lives, purity, witness God is still the God who dies for us so that we could be forgiven.

1 Comments:

At 6:45 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

I think you hit the nail on the head by putting the word "fun" in inverted commas. Christians so often think that non-Christian stuff is more "fun" and that non-Christian girls will be more "fun" and so on and so forth. We need to defend ourselves from these temptations by knowing more completely that "in the Lord there is fulness of joy". We were created for this relationship with God and we work best when living under His Lordship. As an engaged Christian bloke, in the past I thought various other options would be loads of "fun" but now I'll tell you from experience that nothing beats a godly relationship. It really is amazing the difference that it makes putting God at the centre. Lib & I don't always live up to it by any means but there's no way in the world either of us would exchange it for a relationship with a non-Christian where it can only go so deep as you don't have the most important things in common. It's the same in every other area of our lives if only we'd see it. True joy comes from obedience and sitting under Christ's Lordship. I only pray that one day that knowledge will sink in more so that when temptation comes it'll be no contest; flimsy short-term counterfeit happiness vs true perfect joy. Hmmmm. Tough call!

 

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