Pretender?

Pretender

There are days when you just wish you had not turned on the television or radio. Following is one of the stories reported this week:

“In the Breathitt County Courthouse in Kentucky a picture of Jesus hangs on the wall.”

Oh the humanity! What horror! Have the National Guard troops been activated and deployed to the area?

Is the “#WallsWithoutJesusPicturesLivesMatters” group protesting?

Maybe not, but the Freedom From Religion Foundation is at work to correct this shocking tragedy. Thank God, oh wait, I can’t say that about them. Uh, well, thank nothing. Now that’s better.

Here’s a quote from Annie Laurie Gaylor, the co-president of the FFRF: “To put this at the seat of county government is really chilling.”  Chilling? A picture of Jesus? If this is chilling what do you call a situation where someone murders their family in cold blood then cowardly takes themselves out? What do you call the literally uncountable murders that happen every day?

There’s more, she then said, “This sends the message that you better pretend to be a Christian if you want to get any service or justice around here.” Ok, I don’t go to the courthouse a lot, but I don’t remember there being a Christian and non-Christian line. Did I miss it? Is this just a Kentucky deal? Which line moves faster? How do you tell the difference between a Christian and a “Pretending” Christian?

Atheist must be some uptight, unhappy and downright miserable folk. When an atheist handles money does it burn their hands? Kind of like Holy Water on a Vampire? Sorry, I don’t believe in Vampires. Because it has “In God We Trust” on it. Or do they only use credit cards?

As far as I’m concerned, if an atheist uses United States coins or cash, they’re not much of an atheist. Would that kind of be like a Christian that never reads the Bible but carries it around when it would look good? Is that a “pretending” Christian?

Are we “pretending” to be Christian? Or is there evidence of our faith? Undisputable evidence of a faith in Christ? If we were charged with the crime of “Christianity”, would we be convicted? (That doesn’t seem as preposterous as it used to be).

They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.”  Titus 1:16

There are many times I have asked myself if I have shown the love of Christ today. Honestly, I can’t answer I have as much as I should. It’s easy to get wrapped up and busy in our day to day routines. It’s all too easy to put Christ on the back burner and deal with things we think are more important. But what can be more important than showing Christ to a world full of lost and atheist people?

The time has come for those not pretending to be Christians to stand up for the One who went to the cross for our sin. It’s time to tell atheist to go pound sand, albeit in a loving way.

Christianity without discipleship is Christianity without Christ.”  Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Are we Disciples of Christ? Or are we pretending?

Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’, and do not do what I say?”  Luke 6:46.

My prayer is that we would be doing what He said, that we would not be pretenders. That if called upon, the actions of our lives would quickly, clearly and with no doubt, convict us of being Disciples of Christ.

Don’t pretend, really run to the cross as if your life depended on it!
Hugh

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