Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Sometimes it is hard to get a job done. Even harder when you want to do that job right. Why is that? Mostly it is because of impatient people who seem to only care about getting things done quickly and as cheaply as is possible. Don’t get me wrong, I am in favor of getting things done quickly, but not at the risk of damaging freight.
The Christian faith is like that at times. People have expectations of what we do and how we do those things, yet they may have never been to church or read the Bible. Often the reality is quite contrary to the expectation. Especially when the actions of a small fringe group become the standard used to judge the church.
On Facebook, I am often judged because of the stance that I take on various issues, both issues of faith as well as issues of politics. I have even been told that if I were a “good” Christian, I wouldn’t be so judgmental. I don’t know about anyone else, but the last time I checked, I was still a sinful human living in a fallen world. To that end, kind of hard to be a “good” Christian. I am a Christian. This means recognizing my sinful nature and my need for a Savior.
Sadly, our world is filled with sinful hypocrites. I am just one of them. However, sinner that I am, I will not back down on the word of God, that is the Bible. In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he talks about putting on the “full armor of God”. The point of this, and Paul doesn’t hesitate to say it, is to enable us to stand firm in the faith. This will often mean actively opposing things that world approves, yet the Bible openly declares as being sinful.
During his time on Earth, Christ Jesus was constantly being challenged about who he was and what he was doing. Even his disciples challenged him, even asking who would be the greatest in his kingdom. In every challenge, Jesus stood firm and spoke plainly about why his challengers were wrong. As those who are called by his name, we can do no less.
Jesus stood firm, though it cost him his life. Yet, through his sacrifice, we can live, both now and in the age to come. However, that is only true if we trust him and stand firm in our faith, no matter what the opposition may be.
We all have a job to do. It doesn’t matter what it is, we must do it right. If someone tries to force us to hurry so we can’t do it right, it is they who are in the wrong. You just need to stand firm and it the right way. It may not seem like it, but your efforts won’t go unnoticed. Eventually, you will be rewarded and those who tried to force you to hurry will find themselves shamed. Stand firm, both in your labor and your faith. There is really no room for compromise.