THE REAL DEAL
There is either such a thing as sin – or there isn’t.
And quite clearly there is such a thing.
It’s as plain as the nose on your face. We can see the results of sin all around us. Often in epidemic proportions.
Sin is one of the most obvious phenomenons on the planet. And yet it is explained away under many guises.
The problem for preachers is – they too are subject to and can be guilty of – sinning.
So how can they stand in pulpits and preach against what they themselves are engaged in? Or so the commonly held view is expressed, by some.
“Is this not hypocrisy?” reasons the person who tries to say – no one should ‘judge’ others.
One perception held, is that preachers are hypocritical Pharisees who love to castigate everyone but themselves. Bringing people under their rule and control, as ‘holier than thou’ – potentates.
However have you noticed that those who say: “we shouldn’t judge”, are e.g. also those who can lose their temper and hit out with swear words, at the unknown person who stole their car? They wouldn’t be trying to ‘judge’ them would they?
Quite clearly proper judgement is necessary in life. Else why not close down all the courtrooms throughout the land, and allow anarchy to ‘rule ok!’
The fact that unjust judgements are made, and hypocrites can be found in places of moral responsibility, does not negate the need for proper, sound, just, judgement.
Problem is, at a time of increasing moral decay – the hypocrites seem to ‘rule ok’ in responsible positions, rather than the sincere just-persons, who should take up these roles.
Preachers, who have moral integrity, are automatically lambasted by those who don’t want their sins found out. Preachers that are tarred with the same brush as the hypocrites. Condemned usually without trial or examined evidence.
The result is confusion (and often every evil work).
So in societies – corrupt officials take bribes, and the unjust sinner goes free for the right price.
The almost automatic way to portray anyone of ‘the cloth’, in drama productions on television or cinema – is to create a character who has a snivelling, hypocritical, judgemental, narrow minded, self-centred, cowardly personality.
Such types find their way onto the playwright’s script when a character is needed to ‘represent’ the church.
And the non-believing but ‘good’ villain who spares a dime for the beggar in the street – is the real deal. Even though he has killed and robbed.
So society relieves itself from any responsibility to take notice of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. ‘Cause after all ‘they are not hypocrites’, like those religious types.(?!)
They don’t ‘pretend’ to be good or religious, or better than others. And so in all of this they spend their lives missing completely the ‘real deal’ of the Gospel.
So who is going to tell us we are sinners when all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God?
Well the answer is – God Himself.
The Holy Spirit’s job is to make me aware that I who write this post – am a sinner.
And to be always talking about sin, without the rest of the message that makes the messenger’s feet beautiful is to get out of balance in presenting the whole gospel.
The whole gospel summed up is – we can have our mess (sins) removed.
We can know God the Father through Jesus the Son, and we can know the ‘real deal’ of fellowship with God.
To be liberated inside – in a way you have never experienced before is the result of receiving and obeying the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I’ve just summed it up briefly, (to accommodate the need for a short post).
REAL DEAL GOOD NEWS:
…Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
….Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: