Change you can believe in

We Christians spend a lot of wasted time pointing fingers at the world over its sin.

The bigger problem is Christians who continue to dabble in sin and who don’t want anyone to call them on it. Christ said His disciples would “be witnesses” of Him. It’s time believers be the change we want to see in the world. There is no better witness than a changed life.

John Newton, the former slaveship captain turned pastor and hymn writer, wrote:

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost, but now am found,

Was blind, but now I see.

Was blind, was lost. But now… Profound change.

The Bible says, if a man is in Christ, he’s a new creation. The old has gone. The new has come.

I’m puzzled by people who claim to be Christan but who exhibit no “newness.” We ought to be different after we encounter Christ. Thieves should stop stealing. Liers should stop lying and tell the truth.

Trouble is, when push comes to shove, a lot of us revert to our former selves. Rubbed the wrong way, we become petty, insecure, vindictive.

Think not? Question some pastoral action or openly disagree with a Christian brother. It may surprise you how quickly the spiritual gloves come off. Supposedly mature Christians may respond with the kind of venom you’d expect from unbelievers.

Let’s examine ourselves and see if we really are in the faith. Then maybe we can change the world.

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