There seems to be too many instances where we see people who fail and when I say fail, I mean they morally fail in some way and they are dragged through the mud.  They were caught in adultery or something sexually immoral, stealing, lying, spying and cheating.  What makes it even worse is these are folks who have for all intent and purposes been living a life where they have chosen to identify themselves as someone who is a Christian.  In doing so, it’s given the rest of the world or those in their world the opportunity to see how badly we model what it looks like to be the image bearers of Christ.

When we choose to identify and become like Christ, we are meant to surrender our lives over to Christ and allow him to transform and renew us – from the inside out (the inside being our heart).  At no time will we ever be perfect and not struggle with sin.  Until the return of Christ we will daily struggle with sinning.

The world already believes we are hypocrites.  So many horrible acts and atrocities have been committed and behind it were people who considered themselves to be Christians.  What hope does this offer others, if what they see modeled by us to say one thing but do the complete opposite?

If you really plan on following Christ, than you must be willing to be in relationships with other, we must be willing to be open and honest, we must be willing to allow others to hold us accountable.  It is way to easy to fake it, lie and pretend we have it all together. I’ve been there to many times.  What gets me the most is the fact that I am representing something bigger than myself.  When I make the choice to say and identify myself as a Christian, yet continue to live a life opposite of that, I’m not really living my life for Christ.  I’m living for me, but am hoping as a Christian I can get by.  Really in the stupidity of that, all it takes is me living in my sin and hiding, getting caught and proving once again, how big of a hypocrite I am.  Realizing that I may be the reason someone wants nothing to do with God or other believers.

I don’t believe God has called us to live our lives in this manner.  I believe he wants all of us, each and every part and he wants us to be dependent not only on him, but each other.  If what I am living for, believe with all of my heart to be true and the very thing for which I get up daily, than my actions should back that up.  I was involved in group with other men and choose to remain silent about my sins and choices.  I lied and continued to keep up and image.  Eventually my world came crashing down and it was in that, I learned I couldn’t continue this way.  Sometimes it’s still a struggle to want to go and do things I know God does not want me taking part in.  It’s in those times where being a real man means I access my brothers, where I get on my knees and take those thoughts to God.

2 Corinthians 10:5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

1 Corinthians 10:13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

I know all to well that which I am speaking of, I have chosen to identify myself as a Christian all the while living a life completely opposite of what I should be doing.  I have made the choice to continue living a sinful life all the while making it appear as thought I had it altogether.  It took me a very long time to finally understand what I was doing and how wrong it was

 

Do you find it’s difficult to live the life Christ wants you to?  Is it easier to live a double life?  What do you think when people who call themselves Christians fall?

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