Sweep Around Our Own Front Door: Part II

Now, if you read Part I and you’re thinking it doesn’t apply to you, you may want to reconsider. The moral of this story applies to everyone, including me.  Let’s continue with a brief discussion of Proverbs 6:16-19 (“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that have shed innocent blood, a heart the devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers,”).   Matthew Henry’s commentary on Proverbs 6:16 explains, “Haughtiness and contempt for others – haughty eyes.

Pride is first because it is at the bottom of much sin. When the show of men’s countenance witnesses against them that they overvalue themselves and undervalue all around them, this is in a special manner hateful to Him.” My point: all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23) so how in the world can any of us Christians be counted as righteous? “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works so no man can boast,” Eph. 2:4-9.
President Obama doesn’t have the best answer to every issue plaguing this country.  Neither did G.W. Bush, nor does Mitt Romney; and neither do you! But because of God’s GRACE – God allowing us to have what we don’t deserve, we should be able to extend grace to others.  Let’s just be honest, there is so much stuff within the Church that we need to address, we really don’t have any room to play judge and jury for the President.  It amazes me that people are all up in arms about gay marriage and how it is putting the sacredness of marriage at stake. Yet, the divorce rate within the body of Christ is over 50%!  If that doesn’t indicate that the sacredness of marriage is already at stake, I don’t know what does.  There are Christians who boldly say they don’t think every American deserves affordable and quality health care.  Where is the Christ like love and compassion in that?  There are Christians bombing abortion clinics, killing and permanently wounding the innocent. Christians are committing hate crimes against illegal immigrants and homosexuals.  Ironically, Christians are outraged that gay couples can legally adopt children.  But it is Christians that are allowing children to get lost in foster care because we aren’t adopting them. It’s Christians that don’t want to deal with a “troubled child”, yet God admonishes us Christians to take care of orphans!  Men and women in the Church are having extramarital affairs, becoming addicted to porn, even partaking in “swinging” at an alarming rate.  I have seen missionaries turn their nose up at people because they were of a different denomination of Christianity. Yeah, that’s displaying real humility, but still we have the gall to stand back and call someone God has allowed to be in a place of authority unrighteous!  The literal meaning of sin is to miss the mark; therefore, we too are living in sin. As a Christian, it breaks my heart and brings tears to my eyes, to see just how far we are from being Christ like.

 All the while, here we are, standing in our self-righteous, arrogant pulpits demanding that the world repent. But it is us who are making a mockery of the Lord’s house all by our Christian selves.  It is us, the Christians, which must heed the call to repentance! David had already been labeled by God as a man after His own heart when he wrote Psalms 51.  David recognized the need for his heart to be created clean.  Way too many of us, simply don’t get that we need to be purged also. While we are trying to clean up the world (which, by the way, God didn’t tell us to do) we need to sweep around our own front door first.  How can one pile of dirt clean up another pile of dirt?  Remember, God created Adam from dirt.  Eve was created from Adam.  We are all their descendants, and we all have dirt in our DNA. That is why God did not use man to bridge the gap between mankind and Him.  He had to use a vessel that was pure, and no man ever fit that bill.  Then He decided to cloak His Only Son in flesh to pay a price we will never fully understand. He made the ultimate sacrifice so that He could reconcile with His creation, His first love…us. God orchestrated the cleaning of hearts and souls, not man.  We will have the right or the ability to cleanse anyone.  The Williams Brother’s put it like this, “Who are we to judge what other people do, take a look at yourself and you could find some faults too.”

Before we are so quick to judge, condemn, berate, and insult President Obama, why don’t we earnestly pray for him instead? While we are at it, please pray for the Church too; because in its current state, this is not the Bride Christ wants to return for.  This is not the Church He gave His life for.  This is not the Church described in His living Word. This is not the Church that will draw all men unto Christ. Not until we can learn how to extend grace and mercy without ever compromising the Message will we begin to look more like the image in which we were created.

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Comments

  1. Amen. I don’t think I really interacted with Agnostics until I entered college. I remember the first two Agnostics I ever befriended. They were some of the most compassionate people I ever met. I couldn’t believe that people who wouldn’t assert whether God even exists were more Christ like than those who go to church twice on Sunday and once on Thursday.

    I’m still amazed at how so many Christians can sit up in an overdone, air conditioned sanctuary, profess to love the Lord, and do nothing to serve the poor, sick, hungry, etc. Yet they see fit to condemn people they should be loving. They pick and choose what’s sin.

    I support gays’ right to marry. What they do want hurt what I have (should I ever get married). Personally, I don’t have time to worry about what’s happening in other people’s relationships. I got my own problems.

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