Easy Targets? I Don’t Think So.

I am woefully behind in my reading, and have come to terms that I’ll not be caught up anytime soon, especially since most of the writers I follow write every single day, and sometimes several times a day; but,  after reading a relatively high

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number of posts last night and this morning, I got the idea to write this post. 

I’m not going to call out the writers and comments that gave me this idea. Each person is entitled to call it the way they see it. Instead, I thought I’d just jump on the bandwagon of Un-Requested Opinions myself, and say something in the defense of Christians in general. This is my opinion, for what it is worth.

Ask anyone who knows me, you’ll probably find out that I am not a huge fan of organized religion, churches, or most high-profile televised pastors/preachers/teachers. I am very much a Christian, but after belonging to some churches that started on the correct path, only to end up somewhere bizarre, cultish, or just completely wrong, I finally gave up finding a church home. I’ve read the books and watched the sermons of people like Marilyn Hickey, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, Paul Crouch, and laundry list of other famous teachers, and all I have to say is that you have to be very, very careful to study the words that are preached in the light of what the Word of God really says. I’m not saying they aren’t saved. I’m saying that I find some problems in some of the stuff taught, the number one lesson being the Prosperity Gospel….”Name It, and Claim It” sermons and the “Mini-gods” teachings make my butt absolutely pucker. No where in the bible are we taught to just accept whatever is taught to us without checking it against God’s Word, so be like the Bereans:

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Acts 17:11

That being said, it seems to me that Christians take a lot of heat from people who aren’t Christians themselves, but also we have quite of bit of in-fighting as well.  There tends to be something of a civil war among ourselves over the logistics and interpretations. One thing I think we should remember about each other is that this walk with God is neither easy nor is it ever perfected here on earth. Each relationship in your life is going to look and feel different to you, and the same goes with your relationship with Jesus.

But one thing I think we can all agree on is that being a real, day-by-day Christian makes us the target of satan’s many attacks, makes us the enemies of the atheist/agnostic agendas, the butt of tasteless jokes, and puts us in the unwelcome spotlight of people who use our weaknesses and failings to justify their own refusal to embrace our God.

We tend to be judged by a world that hasn’t first judged itself.

Sometimes, we just need to encourage each other that this life is so temporary, and we are truly aliens in an unfriendly land. And I just want to point out that we should respect each other no matter what differences we have in interpretations and doctrines because it takes a lot of guts to keep on keeping on when so much in this life has set its hand against us.

To me, it would be easier to just throw up my hands in defeat, stop denying my flesh what it wants, and live according to what I want to do, instead of what I know to be right. But, instead, each moment of my life is a tug-of-war between my spiritual self and my fleshly self. And the only time that war will truly be over is when I die, and am finally separated from my fleshly desires. So, to me, a person who has decided to take a leap of faith and follow God through His Son, Jesus, is a person that shows an incredible strength, not a person who is deluded, weak, or fanciful.

Soldier on, my fellow Christian sisters and brothers, but not against each other. Let’s opt out of this spiritual Civil War we tend to be distracted by. Satan is only helped by in-fighting, and we should do nothing that enables him to sully the hope of God’s message to a dying world.

We may all differ on specifics, but the message of Jesus’s salvation for us remains the same, and we are more effective as a unit when we bond together, than when we fight amongst ourselves.

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12: 14-21

 

— Bird

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Author: Catherine aka "Bird"

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24 thoughts on “Easy Targets? I Don’t Think So.”

  1. You are so right. I have been told by a man from my past that because he had never been divorced, God allowed him to stand in judgment of me because I had. Needless to say, I gave him his walking papers. Very nice post. Sandy

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  2. AMEN!!!! I, too, have found much insincerity in “organized religions”, as I wrote in a post several months ago. I could not agree with you more. Just read a great article about the “Counterfeit Gospel”. The Apostle Paul found these same “clicky churches” (that will probably get me into some trouble).
    If what they teach does not match the Word of God—run as fast as you can away from the lies, for it seems it doesn’t take too long for the lies to become a new belief system!
    Much sisterly love in Christ
    Stephanie ~streim~

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  3. I say ‘amen’. There are plenty of reasons why I agree with your sentiment but I’ll simply paraphrase my grandpa’s wisdom when he asked me how many ears I had. I said ‘two’. How many mouths? ‘one’. He smiled at me and said, “2 to 1 – listening wins!” Sounds like you may have known him. Peace. Dan

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  4. Good article and so true. As believers we must try the things that preachers preach and teachers teach against what God’s Word says in order to know what is right and what is not. And yes we need to have tolerance towards each other’s beliefs even though they might not be in line with what we believe. Yes the flesh is a Hassle–especially when we desire to live a godly life. But it can be done as we yield our will to the Holy Spirit. And I think the other important thing here is that so many people do not know what is right because they do not know God’s Word well enough or they are new believers and very vulnerable to any teaching that comes along. It reminds me that those of us who do know need to be diligent to teach the truth and of course Write It!

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  5. I am so totally aware of the infighting that goes on. Personally, I see a lot of it. I do not fear it, but will not participate in it. I feel when I have given what God has revealed to me as truth, I cannot be concerned with what another who disagrees thinks. They are free to think whatever they want. I don’t let it become personal. So I bless them in their truth, as I pursue what I feel is truth. We don’t have to have a knock down, drag out fight, we can love and hold firm to our convictions. That’s what keeps us grounded. Blessings to you Bird!

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    1. Thank you, Jacqueline. I believe that is exactly how we should deliver our messages we feel God would have us share. Blessings to you as well!

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  6. I tried to comment on this yesterday, but we lost service before I could! I thought it was a brilliant post! I have been feeling like man just inserts himself too much in church doctrine. Most of the “rules” are man’s rules, and not what the bible says. So annoying. Anyway, such a thoughtful post. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for coming back to comment! I’ve been having all sorts of problems with WP today. Every time they fix something, five other things blow up!!

      Anyways, I agree that we are getting too far from what the Word actually says. My head almost exploded when I watched a program that was selling “blessed” pieces of material that they would send to you if you sent them some money. Lol…I actually got one in the hospital. The man who gave it to me was so sweet, I’d never hurt his feelings, but I am really annoyed by some of the stuff that is being preached right now.

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  7. There will always be differences of opinions or interpretations of Scriptures, and that is to be expected, because NO ONE has all the truth. There are only a few things that really make a difference.

    The inerrancy and authority of the Word of God cannot be disputed. The fact that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh and is and always has been God; His birth, death and resurrection; the total efficacy of His blood to pay the penalty for sin, making Him the ONLY way to reconcilliation with God the Father, are indisputable. The depravity of unsaved mankind and their inability to do anything to make themselves acceptable to God is also beyond doubt.

    We may differ on several other things and still have unity in the bonds of Christ.

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