Sure I Go to Church, But…..
“Excuses, excuses, excuses!” They abound everywhere. We do what we want to do, and find excuses for everything else. No matter what the task or challenge, great things have been accomplished by those that refused to make excuses and did what needed to be done.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. Benjamin Franklin.
Don’t make excuses and don’t talk about it. Do it! Melvyn Douglas. Peer pressure and social norms are powerful influences on behavior, and they are classic excuses. Andrew Lansley. (Copied).
No area is more ignored in the 21st century than Biblical faith in Jesus Christ. The world exalts other religions, “no” religion, and what is called “progressive” mentality which is old time “perversion”. It was Solomon that wrote 3000 years ago, “There is nothing new under the sun.” (Eccl.1:9). So, evil is called “good” and moral goodness is proclaimed to be “backward thinking, binding, and filled with superstitious religious ignorance.” Even those that profess to be Christians, but live in iniquity are heard to say, “What I’m doing might be wrong, but in my heart, I’m a good person. God knows that. So I don’t think He will hold me accountable for my actions.” How very wrong is that thinking!
A Christian man was sitting in the window seat of an aircraft and was looking forward to thumbing through a magazine on a short flight from Sacramento to attend a National Youth Ministry Conference in San Diego, California. He’d fastened his seat belt, made sure his chair was in the full upright position, his tray table was locked and that his luggage was properly stowed when two well-dressed, pretty young ladies and look-a-likes sat down next to him.
Their conversation competed for attention with his magazine. They talked about the club scene-what they enjoyed drinking, who they were “dating,” their intimate relationships with men, both single and married. Then it turned into a gripe session.
“Why do guys have such a hard time committing?” One asked. “And why don’t they ever leave their wives like they promise to?” Another complained.
They talked about work for a while, and about the time Williams was tuning out, one of them said, “But you know, if it wasn’t for church, my life would really be hell.” By now, Williams was only pretending to read his magazine, they had his full attention. “Wow, you go to church too. I know exactly how you feel. If it wasn’t for church, I don’t know where I’d be.” “Yeah, I know what you mean,” the other lady said, “if I miss more than two weeks of church everything in my life goes nuts.” The plane started its descent into San Diego and everything got quiet, and the Christian gentlemen sat very still–stunned by what he’d just heard. (Copied).
Charles Stanley has stated….”God’s plan for enlarging His kingdom is so simple – one person telling another about the Savior. Yet we’re busy and full of excuses. Just remember, someone’s eternal destiny is at stake. The joy you’ll have when you meet that person in heaven will far exceed any discomfort you felt in sharing the gospel.” (Copied).
What excuse did you use today to justify not being burdened and obedient in sharing your faith?