The "downfall" of yet another well-known SBC Preacher and Evangelist has tipped me over the edge. I haven't posted about this in the past, but I will now. Mostly because I know this man, and lots of my friends go to the church he founded.
He's even been an evangelist of some repute, receiving compliments and accolades from respected and wise people. I won't name him, but since it's public, I can refer you to the article I just read, if you really want to know. You'll hear soon enough, trust me. In the meantime, please pray for his family and church, and he himself. He needs all the prayer support he can get, and then some.
I have heard SO many lessons and sermons telling us how hard it is to lead a Christian life. Walk the straight and narrow. Avoid all them ugly sins. Well, I don't buy it. Jesus said His burden is easy and His load, light. So why do folks say things like how hard it is to "live up to" a true Christian walk? Simple.
We don't want to.
Think about it .. how many times have you heard the question "Is it all right for a Christian to ___________?" (Fill in the blank with your favorite dubious activity). What that question is really saying is "How much like the world can I be and still be a Christian"?
Put another way, rather than asking "How much like Christ can I be and still be in the world?", the question becomes "How much like the world can I be, and still be in Christ?" Friends, that just won't wash.
I do not see any part of the Christian life as being all that hard, if you want to do what you're supposed to. Getting up early on Sunday morning, starting early to be there on time, being faithful to your spouse, tithing, using your Spiritual gifts in His service, praying, the giving of offerings, all of it is easy if you want to do it. But it's anything but easy, if you don't.
My commitment to my wife is non-negotiable. That is a pre-made decision on my part, and there has never been a woman drawing breath that could change my mind. Not because I'm a hero, not because Peg is all that whatever, but because that's what I want to do. And as I've grown, I become more zealous of that and unwilling to let anything even threaten her security. I'm not perfect, but heck, this is something I CAN do!
Is this desire of my own doing? Nope, I think it came from God. Like ... He said so. Do I need God's help to continue that? Of course. Will difficulties arise therein? Sure. But none of that will change my mind.
A lot of ink has been spent on men and lust. Well, I'm glad. But God said resist the devil and he WILL flee; and when confronted by sexual temptation, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! Those are things we CAN do ... unless, of course, we don't WANT TO. And that's a decision process in our mind, and we do have control over it.
Other temptations? He told us how to handle them; we just need to take the escape route promised in 1 Corinthians 10:13. But we have to DO that!
As a side note, I think this and the other famous "outings" we've seen lately are another sure-fire sign that these are the end times. Paul stated that Jesus gave Himself up for His church, so that He might present her to Himself as a spotless and radiant bride. Well, I think the spot-removal and radiation treatment is under way.
I'm not all that holy. But I am convinced that the "crybaby attitude" I see among too many Christians, and taught by too many teachers, leads people to think they cannot really succeed at living a holy and sanctified and abundant life that's worthy of emulation by others.
Paul said he did, and if he could, so can we.
Or so says God, anyway.