Reflections of a Believer
In a world searching for meaning and belonging, it is ok to be unpopular.
Someone said something the other day that struck me to the core. They said, “ It is hard to be the one with morals.” This is a truth that is ever so evident In today’s society.
See, in today’s society, it is ok, even glorified, to live for yourself. You want it, take it. It feels good, do it. It goes against the Word of God, no problem.
The Bible is clear in Isaiah 6:20 that there will be a time when people call good, evil; and evil, good.
This verse is more clear now, as we are living in a time where even professed Christians make decisions with no regard to the eternal consequences it can have on them or those they love. Instead, decisions are based solely on how does it feel right now.
This simple fact breaks my heart. Our goal in life should not be to win a popularity contest with the world by allowing sin to run rampant. No, it should be to show the love of Christ.
Now, this is not an easy task in today’s society. See, when you are not living for self, you can become an outcast, a religious prude, some might say. When you stand with God, people take aim at both you and your faith.
FRIENDS, THAT IS OK!!!
Our goal is not to become popular by worldly standards but to become one with Christ. We, as Christians, cannot allow sins in our own lives to go unchecked. See, worldly popularity will fade. If not on earth, it will surely fade in eternity.
Now, as always, we must have balance. It is not our place to beat people over the head with the gospel. In fact, that will push people away faster than anything. But it is our place to love others, raise those entrusted to us with morals and values, and not compromise on the word of God even when this makes us unpopular.
So, as it says in the latter part of Joshua 24:15, “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Although this may not be a popular stance in today’s society, it is our stance. We will serve the Lord, attend church, tithe, not waiver on our values, and more importantly, we will love people.
We humbly come before you and ask that you give each one of us the ability to stand up for Your Word. We pray that You help strengthen us and mold us into the parents, friends, family members, and disciples You have called us to be. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen
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