Sunday, November 7, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Federico Respini on Unsplash
Photo by Federico Respini on Unsplash

When I went to college, I became somewhat dismayed with the Christian faith and belief in God. I had gone to a Christian college, one where my father, mother, and grandparents had attended.  I was brought up in a Christian home with my father being an ordained Minister of Music and my paternal grandfather was a retired Pastor and my maternal grandmother an ordained minister. So, I was surrounded by the Christian faith and good Christian people who taught me quite a bit about God and the Bible in my early years. 

However, college was different. It seemed there were many students who were "holier than thou" which basically gets on my last nerve then and now. It means a Christian who thinks or pretends to be "holier" than any other Christian, i.e. had done no sin, is not sinning, and will not sin. I had a very challengingly hard time dealing with people who had that attitude. I knew without a doubt, I could never be that holy. After all, I know what I've done in this life. 

These people had cliches which were repeated frequently and often, "God is in Control" or "Trust God" or "Have in Faith in God!" While these are all true and great to know, repeating it too frequently just added to the "holier than thou" spirit. It was often a bit confusing which was frustrating since I was brought up in a Christian family. 

I had a great roommate and a friend or two who were ordinary regular guys. I enjoyed hanging out with them because they showed me that an ordinary guy like me could be a Christian. God loves us all. Looking back, I think it was their lives and attitudes which kept me from running the other direction from God and Christianity. 

I have always had a hard time understanding why someone would not want to become a Christian. While there are probably several reasons, I'm wondering if they have met a few "holier-than-thous" rather than a few of the guys like my roommate and friends. Or, maybe a few "mean" people who called themselves Christians and may have even quoted Scripture at them. 

Thankfully, despite the many weird situations, unkind people calling themselves Christians, and the "holier than thou's," I decided I wanted to become a Christian. Why? I knew that loving and serving God would be a great blessing throughout my life. And, it sure has. 

God doesn't require us to be perfect or sinless when we come to Him to become a Christian. We will never be sinless because we are human. However, some sins we do will stop once we turn them over to God. When He takes control He begins processes to make you the person you should be. It's not frightening, it's not horrible. but you have to give your life to Him to live a happy, content, and fulfilled life. 

Don't let the media, other people, or anything else keep you away from giving your life to Christ and beginning an awesome journey. To learn more about God, Jesus, Heaven, the Bible, and the Christian life, please visit Peace With God.

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