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Mud slinging – Christians behaving badly
My blog has been very quiet lately – why?
The reason is that I have felt very battered because of Christians behaving badly.
God’s work in which we were involved in had been snuffed out!
When you cut through the façade it boiled down to being trampled on by a local Christian’s selfish ambitions.
The thing that made it really hard to stomach was that it came from a church leader who wanted to start their OWN work.
Even talking to that person they said “I want to start a work in…”
Which meant knocking out the work we were doing in the school and the village!
Why? I thought we were all serving the same King, (or perhaps we weren’t).
Why should the work of God be stopped by Christians behaving badly?
Selfish ambition, lies and false allegations.
How could something, that we believe was initiated by the Lord, end in such a bad way?
The answer is found in Jeremiah:
…’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord.Jeremiah 29:11
‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ”
Yes I was battered and Satan kept coming at me.
I was on the back foot! – like Gideon peering out of the winepress:
The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites.”Judges 6:11
But God has a bigger, greater plan than what we had in mind – a far bigger picture.
Still feeling peaceful even when Christians behave badly
The “plans to prosper you” verse in Jeremiah probably makes us think of money but the word ‘prosper’ here actually means ‘shalom’ which is peace.
But it is much more than that, the root meaning is “to be whole” to be in harmony and have wholeness.
God’s plan for our life is to bring us to wholeness, to bring us into harmony and to not be stressed, or fearful.
Selfish ambition, lies, false allegations, Christians behaving badly, are terrible and those people will have to give an account of their behaviour, but God’s plan for me is to make me whole – to bring me into harmony, regardless of my surroundings!
Some Christians think it’s okay for them to sin since they are forgiven in Jesus.‘6 Reasons Why Christians Behave Badly’ by Le Ann Trees [ii]
Some Christians are wrongly taught that they can act however they want and that it’s okay because God will forgive them because of Jesus’ sacrifice for their sins.
The technical name for this kind of thinking is antinomianism.
They don’t understand that there are duties and responsibilities to being a child of God, and believers must always seek to honour and obey their heavenly Father, even though they will do so imperfectly in this life (1 Cor. 6:20).
When the Holy Spirit indwells believers, he convicts them of their sin and leads them to repentance (John 16:8).
When people choose to sin on a regular basis without any regard for God’s law, they are following their own way and not Christ.”
Gideon was hiding in the winepress and thinking:
“Why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders? ….the Lord has abandoned us and has put us into the hand of Midian.”
But do you know what the Lord said through his angel:
When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he saidJudges 6:12
‘The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.’ ”
I expect the Lord was saying that to me – but I couldn’t hear it.
I should have believed that God is all powerful.
I should have kept on pushing forward with God.
Are you hitting a tough patch?
Have you been betrayed by Christian friends?
Do you feel abandoned?
Perhaps the Lord is saying to you:
The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”Judges 6:12
[i] Woodcut by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794–1872) a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art.
[ii] ‘6 Reasons Why Christians Behave Badly’ by Le Ann Trees
I started on my Faith Journey in 1976 whilst on my sandwich year from college.
Since then I’ve not been restrained to any one denomination – believing that local Church is always important. Through career moves and life changes this has enabled me to play a part in the Assembly of God Church, Elim, various New Church Groupings, Brethren, Anglican and Baptist Churches.
I am married to Jackie and we live in Cambridgeshire in the UK.