A false image

Many, even those within Christendom itself have a misconstrued image of how being a Christian is.
Many think that you go to church once a week, sing a few songs, and say a few prayers and you are set to go to heaven.
Others have this image that being a Christian is a carefree existence of not caring for anything but themselves.
Another image is one of superiority to all that do not accept Christ and if you do not you are to be looked down upon.
I will start with the last few first. This image is as many images of those that do not know or truly understand what is required to be a servant of God placed upon followers of Jesus. Why this is, is mainly due to those that do not truly know the truth projecting their own way of thinking and how they view the world and those in it upon how others cultures are.
Let me explain this better.
There are those that think that Christians are nothing, are stupid, ignorant, just because they disagree with the way they think and feel. So in their minds this is how they see those that call themselves “Christian.” For to them any cultural belief or lifestyle views comes from their own way they view others. This is them projecting their own hatred for all others upon other groups. Just because they hate and demean, they see all others doing the same as they do. This is them living within their own lie so as to make themselves feel good about themselves, it is actually extremely sad when you think upon it some.
This is not how true Christians think. This is not how true Christians act.
Now for the second image.
Being Christian is not carefree, especially when done in the correct concept of salvation. When asking Jesus to be our Savior we are making a contract unto God written in the blood of Jesus Christ. The blood that He shed upon the cross nearly two thousand years ago.
The terms of this contract is to place God first in our heart, our mind and our soul. This means to do every single action in our lives with saying to ourselves: “Is this something that is pleasing to God?”
We also come to a full realization that we are in a corrupt body. For we have not yet been called up to Christ at which time we will put on the incorruptible and the immortal.
What this means is that since we are not perfect, even though saved, we will stumble and fall into sin. Once we realize this and correct it then we can turn to Christ and ask His forgiveness, which he has promised will be given unto all that ask. This is a daily struggle and can at time be frustrating.
This is the transition to the first point.
What many even within Christendom do not know, or acknowledge or have chosen to forget is that if you choose to live in the sin even after accepting Christ and preferring the sin over the saving grace of our Savior then we will be cast out.
Seen by Christ Himself as something that is worse than those that totally deny Him.
Why? For they are in essence spitting upon God and His one and only Son and saying “the way I live is more important than God.”
What is worse is that these are a majority that call themselves Christian. These are the examples those that deny there is a God see. They see these hypocrites and say “see there. This is why I say there is no God.”
This is why the glorified Jesus Christ made it clear that these are to be spit from Him. Lost forever from Him and His Father. The Creator of the Universe.

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: I now see

I now understand the empathetic emotions that the prophets experienced as they tried to speak to Israel and make them aware that they were going down the wrong road. I see the anguish they must have felt at having those they talk to belittle and dismiss what they said.
I see those about me stating and strongly believing they are in good standing with God, then I see things like this last Sunday where all their worship and praise did not go to God, but to a group of men upon a field. The new gladiators of the modern era.
Now I know that we are to live our lives in moderation, but this is not moderate behavior. This is worship, this is praise, and this is glorification. They placed all their emotions into the event. They watched like it was a religious ceremony. Afraid to leave where they were, afraid they would miss something spectacular. Yet it was not the God they profess to service or honor, but other humans.
Yet to them God is great for a few minutes a day, but the rest of the day belongs to them and what they truly wish to worship. They pull out God when it is convenient for them, when they wish to show the world their goodness, their piety. They compartmentalize each part of their lives, only showing that which is important to them at that particular moment. Seeking for their own glory and reward in this temporal time and place.
As they do this they find it unpleasant when someone points out that this is not the true way to worship God. They get upset when they are shown it is not something they can walk away from at the drop of a hat like they do when it come to the things of God. All I can hear is 2 Peter going through my head.
2 Peter 2:18-22 (NLT)
18 They brag about themselves with empty, foolish boasting. With an appeal to twisted sexual desires, they lure back into sin those who have barely escaped from a lifestyle of deception. 19 They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you. 20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”
And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.
People need to wake up and see where they are heading. In their minds they see salvation and glory, but their actions seek out the rewards and pleasures of the world. How truly saddening it is to have the eyes that see and the ears that hear.
May the true glory of God shine upon as many as possible that will see the true light and turn from the path into the darkness and back to the true light of eternal salvation and reward. Amen.