a living contradiction

Posted: January 13th, 2014 | Filed under: life | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

“You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit.” – Revelation 3:15-16 MSG

People who speak opposing messages with their lives infuriate the faculties. It’s the parent who teaches good parenting techniques while ignoring their child. It’s the grammar teacher who is grammatically incorrect. It’s the Christian who jumps on a pop-culture bandwagon.

Scripture has fighting words for people who speak opposing messages with her lives. You can either believe in the gospel or completely oppose it, but don’t mix the two and expect to get some sort of credit out of it. One of the greatest offenses that I’ve seen is when a person proclaims the gospel of Christ, His forgiveness and unending love, but then use their actions to deny it person next to them.

“The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. “ – 2 Corinthians 5:17 MSG

These people use Christianity is a moral disguise rather than becoming the statement they claim to believe. Creation shudders at the reality that it is more Christian-like to dispose of someone than it is to restore a relationship with them. The tragedy is when people spend more time trying to define and defend themselves rather than trying to reconcile the broken. It’s a disaster because people treat the Blood of the Lamb as though it flows to them without flowing through them. They hoard the treasure as though it’s limited.

“God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them.”– 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 MSG

You are not entitled to claim the path of righteousness as though it is your own to guard against the impotence of others. We are all hobbled by our own humanity. We are all given the gift of righteousness through the sacrifice of Jesus. There is not a single human being who can take that away from you. Out of that belief, do not think for a second that you can take it away from another. We are all in the same boat. Toppling them topples you.

Offer your kindness to someone. See if there is enough left in the debris to restore an old friendship.






4 Comments on “a living contradiction”

  1. 1 kelly said at 12:33 pm on January 13th, 2014:

    Thank you for always speaking the truth. I honestly believe that I would have given up on the church altogether if not for your blog. I would have become a cynical, angry person and I certainly would not attend. I was hurt-very badly-by my church family, when I fell from grace. My church…my friends from church…were my closest friends on earth. When I needed them the most all they could do was point out my sin. Some of them would "secretly" talk to me and have compassion but ignore me in public or when other church members were with them. Someone told me about your blog in the midst of the craziness and I honestly believe that it was from God. I felt true compassion and understanding and more than that I knew that God had NOT given up on me or turned His back on me even though my church had. I think that many times people never come back because they associate the behavior of Christians with what God must feel or think about them. I can see how it happens! It's really as simple as grace…the foundation for what we preach! I still spend time in His word and what stands out to me is Jesus and the way He was treated by the Pharisees! Sadly I see this happening within the Christian faith…WE have become the Pharisees!!! After a very difficult and long divorce I realize that the divorce I went through was far less painful than the feeling of abandonment and betrayal from my church and closest friends. They are ALL gone-all of them. I did find a new church…a large one where I can be anonymous, and I go for my children. Taking the steps to actually speak to people, get involved or trust people has been quite a bit more challenging. I wonder if I can ever get back to where I was…or even if I should. Anyway, thanks again for always being an encourager to me, Serena. Yours is the ONLY blog I ever read-because of your realness.

  2. 2 serenawoods said at 1:08 pm on January 13th, 2014:

    Kelly, thanks for sticking with me while my posts have been scattered and few. I am working on becoming better equipped to make a difference for people like you and me.

    It says a lot about your faith that you won’t let the behavior of other proclaiming Christians keep you away from God. You know the truth and that’s why seeing people get it so wrong is incredibly painful and sometimes infuriating.

    You don’t have to trust people to live freely and in the open. You represent a challenge to them. Make them face their contradiction, it could save their spiritual lives. Cowards keep your friendship their “dirty little secret”.

    Aren’t you glad you’re free from that now? I am.

    Thanks for letting me know you’re still there.

  3. 3 Jean said at 3:21 pm on June 22nd, 2014:

    I like what you said but your Bible translation is not even close to what my Bible says in French, Spanish and English concerning 2 Corinthians 5… Where did you get this Bible from?

  4. 4 serenawoods said at 3:44 pm on June 22nd, 2014:

    MSG Stands for "The Message". It's a paraphrase in "everyday" style English. I hope that helps.

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