Crippled Christians

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter

Gold Nugget
Verse 10: The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, but the upright seek his well-being.
It’s okay if you like me, it’s okay if you don’t. We usually have an abundance of concern on whether we are liked or not. We seem to want everyone to like us. We are approval needy and the more we get the happier we are. We know that it is said that you can’t make everybody like you all the time. Even though we know this is true, it doesn’t necessarily stop us from trying anyway. I want to take it step further and say, not only can we not make everybody like us all the time; we shouldn’t make everybody like us all the time. It’s not that we don’t want to; it’s that we can’t if we are going to do any good. One of the character traits that we dislike among politicians is their strive to make everyone like them. The more people that are pleased with and like them, the more votes they will get. The reason we don’t like this goes back to statement I made concerning having everyone like you, “we can’t if we are going to do any good”. Because of their attempts to push only views and concerns that everyone agrees with; they will not address any of the controversial and yet critical issues. If they only address how we all want to be better looking, you will appeal to everyone. If they address how we need to stop abortion, they will lose half of their approval rating. Again, if you make everyone like you, you will not accomplish anything for the Kingdom of God. As a matter of fact, if you make some people like you, you should be very concerned. Today’s “gold nugget” says, The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, but the upright seek his well-being. If Pro-choice people like me, I should be very concerned. I’m not talking about whether people like our since of humor, the way we sing, etc. I’m talking about whether or not they like or approve of what really matters and that’s what we stand for. When I say stand for, I mean the things we do. Again, if everybody approves of us, then we will not do any good. Too many of us are spiritually crippled because we will not take a stand on issues that does not please everyone. We should stand against, sexual immorality (both heterosexual and homosexual), abortion, vulgarity, lying, stealing, drunkenness and all sorts of indulgences of the flesh that harm others and disregard God. Many of those issues are disregarded by today’s Christian. If we can’t stand up for those things because of our need to ensure we are approved by everyone, we are crippled Christians and need to be healed so we can walk with Him.

Lord help us to be more concerned with pleasing you, than staying neutral and pleasing everyone. We want to be healthy Christians that walk in obedience, not crippled Christians who can’t even stand. Amen

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