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Mean What You Say

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Mean What You Say - November 26, 2005

"Such persons claim they know God but from seeing the way they act, one knows they dont. They are rotten and disobedient, worthless so far as doing anything good is concerned." Titus 1:16

Several Atheists with whom I have spoken claim that they want no part of the community of God because they don't like the hypocrisy they've found. They often see people who, in word, proclaim Christ's message of love, yet their actions sometimes tell a very different story. Of course I tell them that no man can compare to the one perfect God because we all have fallen short of salvation, and it is only by the grace of God that we are saved, but such words often ring hollow since one cannot truly justify hatred and disobedience.
I'm sure we all know someone who does exactly that. While insisting they believe in God, they sometimes treat others cruelly, and judge them unfairly and harshly based on skin color, nationality or something else which identifies them as being different.

In addition, there is the type of hatred and disobedience some of us display when we are driving our cars on a busy highway. We'll sometimes be quick to anger, lacking patience and kindness, and muttering curse words and using vulgar hand gestures that insult God and the faith we claim to hold dear.
This list could go on and on, but I am sure you get the point, that being, not only is someone usually watching & listening, even when we think they are not, but how we behave can either be a positive testament of our faith, or a negative way in which to turn people off from wanting anything to do God.
These are behaviors that we all are guilty of at one time or another, myself included.

If you have been living the life of a Christian in name only, won't you recommit to the faith by making today a better day, not just for yourself and God, but for those around you, whether they be friends, loved ones, associates or complete strangers?

If you have not yet made the decision to invite God and His son, Jesus Christ, into your life, won't you give those of us who may have disappointed you another chance? God is willing and able to forgive us and let us begin anew.
He is indeed a God of positive transformation!

Contributed by Melanie Schurr
 
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