I am a Christian. I may be a rather suckish one, I confess, but I don’t deny my love for Christ. And although I rarely pick up my Bible,
I have a love for The Word too.
I am close to being a bibliophilic. I have an intense fondness for words and play on words and sweetly strung sentences. And all of that is in the Bible. There’s poetry in the Bible, there’s metaphors and similes that go beyond the imagination, there’s succinctness, there’s versatility. Everything…it’s there. It’s a book made of books. And it’s the source of our growth in Christ. But some people don’t look at their Bibles at all, and will tell you I’m a “Jesus follower“. Jesus isn’t a social network.
Honestly, sometimes, I think of Christianity (as a whole) and weep (internally, obvs).
I weep because there’s people out there, shouting on the roof tops, wearing their I LOVE GOD t-shirts, putting out Bible verses on a daily basis on their Twitter account and that’s super cute. Jesus would be proud(!)
But you don’t see Christ in them. And this is where I have to draw the line.
No, I don’t have a I Love Jesus bracelet and few of my QOTWs are from the Bible (I’m changing that btw, new year new me *wink, wink*) but I think it’s safe to say that the people around me know where I stand. The thing is Jesus never actually said, I am a Christian…well, a Jew. Whatever. But it was all in his speech, it was in his actions, people saw him and they were like “duuuuuudeeeee, this one is different” and that’s my goal, and that has always been my goal.
So, when I scroll through these accounts and I’m going through people’s Christ blogs, I sigh. I almost see it as overcompensation for some of these people, they create this online Christ loving persona but then they don’t live up to it in reality. In reality they’re facing challenges that are battling their faith on a regular basis and this is one of the problems with Christianity today.
WE CAN’T BE HONEST WITH OURSELVES.
We can’t go to a brother or sister in Christ and go: “bruh, this is what I’m dealing with”. And we, as individuals, can’t even be real with ourselves; drowning in denial! And that’s why my parents are always about surrounding yourself with the right kind of people, those kind of people that even when you start to fall they try to help you back up, Ecclesiastes 4:9-13. Then again, some of them aren’t battling at all. Some of them have always pursued their fleshy desires without hesitation. Their conscience seared off by a hot iron.
And then bring others down with them, telling them lies and twisting the truth to satisfy themselves and their “needs“.
Somebody asked on Twitter whether tattoos were Biblical…some guy said: “It depends on how literally you take the Bible” MADNESS.
You know, while we’re at it…
Tattoos are a sin, Leviticus 19:28 and Corinthians 6:19 – 20.
Swearing is a sin, Ephesians 4:29 and James 3:10.
And the whole premarital sex thing, that’s also a legit sin, 1 Corinthians 7:2 – in fact read the whole chapter!
Those that know right, and do wrong is a sin, James 4:17.
The path of salvation is your own, if you don’t act like the Berean Christians that went to go and check everything that was said to them (Acts 17:11) in the Bible then…I wish you all the best in your endeavours.
AND back to our Christ bloggers, to a certain extent or to certain people, I salute you. You’re spreading the gospel through a popular medium that allows people from all over the world to access it and read it. Kudos to you. Keep doing your thang.
HOWEVER, some of you are chatting utter rubbish and have little to no knowledge of the Bible or little or no understanding of it. If you didn’t have a Philosophy degree you wouldn’t write a book on Philosophy. Don’t be stupid.
FIRST TIMOTHY SIX:THREE TO FIVE, nkjv
If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings[a] of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.
On a semi-parallel note:
Christianity is not a religion, it’s a faith.
It’s not to put you inside a box and make you tame, useless zombies.