Are We Christians for Conflict or Christians for Christ?

Tree in the desert
Repent or Perish

The attacks on Christians by their fellow Christians is unprecedented.

And its there for all the world to see.

Who wouldn't blame some secularists for saying, "those people are just as crazy as everyone else!"

Many Christians conservatives are "CINO'S" (Christians in Name Only) and so are many Christian Liberals. they are their for the politics but not for their faith.

We Lack Vision

We succumb to our sin nature. We give in to the distractions of our culture and society.

As Christians we lack a daily vision of our relationship with our Lord. Not surprisingly many of us who claim "faith" in reality have none.

Our vision, if we have a robust and intentional vision includes placing Christ and the Person of the Holy Spirit at the forefront of our day.

Yes all of our obsessions and loves must be put aside. Entertainment, sports and yes sometimes even family.

We Would Rather Be Distracted

Most people that say they are Christian openly admit they don't want to know more about Christ or their faith. Too much work and after all all they need is to be saved, right??

The thought of sitting down, reading scripture or even studying God's Holy Word and to join in prayer with others, even their spouse is intimidating.

We would rather be distracted by something else.

Conflict Feeds Our Pride

The god of our age, The Prince and Power of the Air is having a field day! The Father of Lies and his Demons can spoon feed us and we gladly take the sin and depravity and celebrate it. Most Christians have taken in the materialist, scientism view of the world and in doing so they deny the reality of the spiritual warfare around them.

Our pride, like Satan and his minions drags us into even more sin. And in doing so we dishonor our Lord.


The answer to all of this is for each of us to actually and faithfully repent of our sins.

Luke 5:32

32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.

The call to repentance appears in both Testaments. Jesus said that He had come to call sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32). Jesus explained this to us in the parable of the prodigal son with the prodigal’s declaration, “I will...go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you” (Luke 15:18).

In this story, Jesus shows repentance to be a kind of reality check. Just as the prodigal “came to his senses,” repentance enables us to see ourselves in relation to God (Luke 15:17). We finally see our sin and accept that it has alienated us from God.

Those who ultimately repent recognize that they do not deserve to be God’s children (Luke 15:19).

God seeks people to worship Him “in the Spirit and truth” but He also seeks out the sinner, the sick (John 4:23; Luke 19:10). God's Word says there is more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent (Luke 15:7). God is watching you as you sin and repent for movement in His direction.

Repentance is foundational to our Christian life and part of a our movement spiritually toward God.

This is what the Bible calls faith.

Are you a Christian in Name Only?

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