The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today Is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips Then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable

29 Jul

Tonight He-wood and I watched “The Jone$e$”. Let me first apologize for the content that it contained I had no clue some of it was coming…we were looking for a comedy. But the basis of the movie was that the “Joneses” got paid to make people around them purchase stuff. Sounds innocent right? Well it is until a twist happens in the movie and they are all living lies that eventually leads to the death of the husband’s best friend. He got so caught up in keeping up with the Joneses he didn’t pay his bills and, facing foreclosure and hurting his wife, he thought it was best to end his life. Sad times…

Throughout the whole movie I couldn’t help think about how Christians could use this as the next “tool” for evangelism. You know live your life in such a way people are compelled to be like you…oh wait…that’s not new. JK…when the husband started seeing how the lies were affecting his friend and the people around him, I began to think more about how if we pretend to live the “perfect” Christian life, giving Sunday school answers for everything, not admitting we struggle with sin, not showing hurt…how are we any different than the “Joneses”? We aren’t. Especially those in church leadership- pastors or lay leaders. Rightly so, people hold pastors, deacons, etc to a higher standard but what example are we showing when we go through trials and act like everything is okay. Does this really help? Are the lies we tell during discussions of struggles with sin…are they “safe confessions”? These confessions don’t bring much judgement from other believers…but paint you in a light that still makes you feel like you have it together.

Does this strike a chord with you? Have you watched someone go through a struggle and think they are hiding and lying? Have you had the opposite experience and watch someone go through a trial but do it humbly and faithfully?

I think I’m going to try and treat my trial as a silent letter…you know like the “g” in gnat! It’s there but it doesn’t rule the word…just dictates what the word means. While you could <insert crazy face> spell gnat “nat” like mat or pat or bat or cat or fat…gnat just wouldn’t be the same without the silent g. It lacks that pesky feeling associated with the silent “g” and the trial, while pesky, has purpose to glorify God.

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