You read a lot on various tweets, facebook pages and chain emails about God and about Christianity. No doubt you have received an email or saw a post that said, “if you love Jesus re-post this post”, or “email this email to so many people if you believe in God.” You probably have seen pictures, scripture verses posted with various backgrounds or maybe short devotionals from various locations “shared” on social streams. At first glance it is encouraging to see. Wow people are talking about God and Jesus, that is great!
And then the next post you see from the same individual has some dirty joke or filthy language. We go from I love Jesus to how I hate so and so and how i’m going to get drunk Friday night or let me see how many times I can use that debased word in a three sentence tirade.
I’m not writing this just to fuss or simply to call out unchristian behavior. No, rather, to challenge those who would so wear the name of the One who gave it all to purchase us out of Sin to bring something better before God and before a world that He has challenged us to reach and show an example too. God deserves better than what I often bring Him. I want to be like Him, and be seen more like Him as I grow in my knowledge of Him. I would trust that you feel the same way too. Let us remember that Jesus didn’t just call us to believe on His name, but to live by His name and to carry His name. Peter gives us this counsel:
“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” — 2 Peter 1:5-8