It is not one of those “lazy, hazy days of summer.” It is a wet, stormy, power-interrupted and computer goes off constantly days! Relax – it is one of those “I don’t have any control over” issues of life. So, just go with the flow. Ah! Reading by candlelight. Thank God for everything – God, I am thankful that highlighters don’t need to be plugged in to work.
Maybe it is just that I am getting older but there is really little that gets to me anymore. There is little that I get upset about. Let’s see if I can list what really concerns me these days…
1> Believers who still fool around with sin as if it were nothing and so indirectly call Jesus a fool for dying on the Cross for the sins of the world – including their sin.
2> Believers who live their lives by the thoughts of others (peers, Oprah, Dr. Phil) or simply by what they think God wants or might say … ignoring the Word of God as contained in His book – the Bible.
3> Believers who pick and choose what they want to believe from God’s Word while ignoring the things they don’t agree with or don’t want to be bothered with.
4> Believers who, at least by their action or rather lack of action, apparently have little concern for or compassion towards the lost – either that or they don’t believe people are lost and going
to Hell because of their sin.
5> Believers who think that Jesus is one of a number of options and thus the Christian faith is simply one of many roads that leads to Heaven
6> Believers who do not make attending Sunday worship a priority and so come if they feel like it or there is nothing else to do – no family events are scheduled, no sports events occupying that time slot, or no visitors coming over for a social time.
Yes, there are a few other things about believers that concern me. But, I am running out of space and the rest I can’t express as ‘nicely’. And, I recognize that you could probably add one or two to my list as well.
These things concern me because they all affect more than the individual believer – they affect their children because they will follow their parent’s example. They affect the Church because we are missing a limb when a member of the body stays home. These things affect the spiritual health of the believer and that concerns me as well.
However, I do recognize that there is nothing I can do about any of them. These are choices believers make and thus they must live with the consequences or outcome of these choices – some of which can be quite dire! But, because I am a believer and care I am certainly concerned.