I went to the movie theater to watch a flick recently and the older gentleman that I purchased the tickets from began to share with me about workers who drive up in their company vehicles during the day and take time to watch a 2 hour movie. Now I had to assume the worst.
Why would someone want to, on company time, watch a movie during the day? Because they don’t want to work, that’s why! Can you believe that?
I hear you say, yes I can believe it. I wouldn’t put anything past anyone anymore.
My family tells me that I’m such a trusting person. I probably am. I trust people. I think the best of people. I feel that is a good trait and one that a pastor needs.
I went to a meeting once with the chairman of my trustee committee and once the meeting was over, he got in the car and said, “Did you see that he lied to you about five times?” I looked at him in amazement. “You’ve got to be kidding me.” No, my friend said, and he pointed out the things he lied about. The sad fact of the matter was that we were talking to a church official.
People are deceiving themselves when they do wrong, know they do wrong and don’t do one thing about it. Everyone around them, their family, their friends and their acquaintances know it but the ones doing wrong don’t seem to see the harm in it. No blood no foul.
We have people becoming way too comfortable in our churches with their questionable lifestyles. By we, I mean the people within the church. Pastors are accommodating people on their church boards who condone the lifestyles of people living together without a marriage license or other such things.
My friend, Pastor McKissic, said one of the most profound things to us recently. He said we respect fish, game and driving more than we do our women or our men. Why, because we will live with them exclusive of purchasing a license (a marriage license).
I shutter to think of the under the table evil that goes on in Christians homes today. However, I wouldn’t be surprised. The Bible says that the heart of man is evil. We justify ourselves by saying we’re just human and we’re bound to do wrong. To me, that’s taking advantage of the Grace of God. That’s abusing His goodness toward us.
If God is so merciful, then we need to be appreciative of it by taking some responsibility for our own lives and the way we live them.
Hey, I believe God calls us to be merciful not judgmental. However, I do believe that guilt in the lives of those who do wrong impedes a life of joy and freedom. When one does wrong, guilt fills the heart where God wants peace. Quietness and contentment cannot enter a heart where deceit, secrets and self-gratification reside.
That’s what I think about it.