well, at least a tiny part of the world. The purpose of this blog is to remind both Christians and non-Christians that the actions and attitudes of sinful humans should not be taken as the only representation of Jesus Christ in this world. Jesus saves sinners, He forgives them of their sins, He changes them… sometimes really slowly… so don’t get impatient.
My name is Ken. Together, my buddy Rich and I will do our very best to present a real version of what true faith is all about. We want to serve as encouragement both to the body of Christ and those who have no relationship with God. Whether you believe in Christ or think it is all a bunch of bunk, we want you to know that Jesus is much more deserving of your respect than the followers that bear His name. ”Hypocrites,” you charge, “the church is full of hypocrites.” I agree. In fact, the scriptures make it quite plain that every Christian is nothing more than a sinner who is forgiven. Of course, God loves us enough to not leave us that way, and slowly transforms us as we give Him room. Give Him room… I think we’ve found the issue. Unfortunately there are many people who are Christian in name only and are as dead on the inside as ever. Jesus even said that not everyone who merely calls him Lord will enter heaven.
K.P. Yohannan relayed an interesting story. I’ll have to paraphrase since I can’t find the source at the moment. It goes like this; A man left his home to go to work. While he was away a thief broke in and took the man’s hat and coat. The thief then went to the nearby store and robbed the store owner. After the robber had left, the store owner called the police and reported the robbery. He told the police about the clothes the thief was wearing, the hat and coat. One of the police men recognized them from the description and confronted the man to whom the coat and hat belonged. ”But I have been at work all day.” he protested, “I would never rob a store. Honestly, you have to believe me.”
For non-Christians I hope the point of the story is obvious, just because someone is wearing the identity of Jesus in an unworthy manner, doesn’t mean that they truly represent Him. My friends, please don’t let the actions of any person dissuade you from considering the claims of Jesus Christ. What a disservice you would do to yourself to simply reject Jesus based on the actions of someone who may or may not know Him.
For Christians there is a meaning as well. The scriptures warn us that in the last days the love of many would grow cold. I say this because I have found myself guilty as well. Brothers and sisters, let us not grow weary in doing what the Lord requires of us. As He said, we will know we have life because we love our fellow believers.
Rich and I love God and are committed to loving people and presenting them with an honest picture of faith, salvation and the church. We hope you will enjoy reading these thoughts and that our ramblings will encourage the body of Christ and entice those who don’t know God.
Our goal is to create a podcast where we can talk about these issues, answer questions from believers and non-believers alike and encourage everyone. Life is hard, and the life of faith is even harder, but with the life changing power of God we can make it through.