Christians are such wimps! 6/22/2011 Thur Recap

Posted: June 23, 2011 in Army, Harvest Military, Norfolk Adventures

How does the media portray Christians today?

Christians are crazy to believe in a ‘feeling’…

Christians are so judgmental…

Christians are such weirdoes…

Christians are so close-minded…

Christians have no fun…

Christians are hypocrites…

Christians are such wimps…

-This is the one I want to talk about today, how our media portrays Christians as wimps.
-Whenever we see Christians on tv, we always see these wimpy people with no back bone at all.
-They cannot defend the Word of God at all, they just say things like, “you have to have faith.”
-Well, we are allowed to stand up for our faith and ourselves.

Lets take a look at what Jesus did in His life when it came to standing up for what He thought was right.

To be a Christian means to be Christ-like, so lets look at some examples of whet Jesus did when confronted with a dilemma in His time on earth.

#1 Jesus gets angry

John 2:13-17
Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the moneychangers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Zeal in Greek is translated ZELOS meaning:
excitement of mind, ardour, fervour of spirit
a) zeal, ardour in embracing, pursuing, defending anything
1) zeal in behalf of, for a person or thing
2) the fierceness of indignation, punitive zeal
b) an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy

-Jesus walks in, sees that some people are there selling items, goes and makes a whip and comes back in with righteous anger, casting out the sellers and money changers and turning over the tables… Yikes!

#2 Jesus tells it as it is to religious people

John 8:44-45
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.

– He calls the religious leaders of His day ‘sons of the Devil!’ Yikes.
The Pharisees were saying that God was their Father.
It is no different today.
Have you ever had someone tell you, “I’m a Christian,” yet they blatantly deny Gods Word?
You see those are the cool Christians.
If you ever hear someone say, “you are not like other Christians, you are just like us,” it might be time to check yourself.
There is nothing wrong with fitting in, wearing cool clothes and things like these, but if you start getting drunk with unbelievers, or begin to flirt with sex before marriage, you are no longer a good witness for God.

Jesus goes on to say more later

Matt 23:27
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.

-He said things like they were and had no fear.
He still tells it like it is today in His word.
You don’t find a hint of the Bible changing to get more people in church; you just see the backbones of preachers break under the pressure of trying to have a conforming message.
They have taken God out of the pulpit the moment they accept homosexuality, couples living together, drunkenness, and things like these.
The Bible has not changed; these preachers just do not have the guts to stand up for what is right.

#3 Jesus tells it like it is to His followers

Matt 16:21-23
Jesus began to point out to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised the third day. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, “Oh no, Lord! This will never happen to You!” But He turned and told Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me because you’re not thinking about God’s concerns, but man’s.”

-I am quite sure He did not whisper to Peter here… He raised His voice and said, “Get behind me Satan!”
People act like Christians are never suppose to get mad, that is not true.

As we have seen, there is a righteous anger in the heart of Jesus.
One time I was at a small group table discussing an issue I was having as an early Christian.
I was overwhelmed with this problem, so I thought I would talk about it.
After I said it, I noticed that one man at the table was staring at me, like an angry stare.
He stood up and said, “ I want to turn this table over I am so mad that you do not think you can overcome this sin, It makes me so mad.”
I thought he was a weirdo at first, until I started to read the Bible… He was righteously angry about sin, and had every right to be.

#4 Jesus’ disciples are bold also

-If you read through your Bible you will see that Peter was at one time a bit of a wimp.
He denied that he had anything to do with Jesus when asked by a little girl while Jesus was dying for his sins.
Not to bash on Peter, but his backbone was lacking a little.
However, things changed after Jesus died.
He (Jesus) told the disciples to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit and told them to stay in a certain location.
Now, the Holy Spirit came and they were preaching the Gospel in all sorts of languages.
The men of that day thought that they must have been drunk or something, and Peter takes his stand.

We pick up at verse 14 of Acts 2
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servantst and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20 the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.

-How did Peter get so bold?
-Just a few chapters back we see him running for the hills when a little girl asked him if he knew Jesus, now he is calling out the very people who put Jesus to death. I think you know the answer, but I want us to read one more passage before spilling the beans all together

Acts 4:1-12
Now as they were speaking to the people, the priests, the commander of the temple police, and the Sadducees confronted them, 2 because they were provoked that they were teaching the people and proclaiming the resurrection from the dead, using Jesus as the example. 3 So they seized them and put them in custody until the next day, since it was already evening.
4 But many of those who heard the message believed, and the number of the men came to about 5,000.
5 The next day, their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem 6 with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John and Alexander, and all the members of the high-priestly family.
7 After they had Peter and John stand before them, they asked the question: “By what power or in what name have you done this?”
8 Then Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders: 9 If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a disabled man-by what means he was healed- 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene-whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead-by Him this man is standing here before you healthy.
11 This [Jesus] is
the stone rejected by you builders,
which has become the cornerstone.
12 There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.”

-Some people have made the Holy spirit into some thing that we have to pass out on the floor or sound like a weirdo with a little chant, but I want you to know that it is not like that.
You have the Holy Spirit in you, whether you know it or not.

1 Cor 3:16
Don’t you yourselves know that you are God’s sanctuary and that the Spirit of God lives in you?

Rom 6:6
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Also, Jesus said it is better if the Holy spirit comes and John 16:7 has several names for the spirit

John 16:7
New International Version (©1984)
But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
New Living Translation (©2007)
But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.
English Standard Version (©2001)
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

-How can we grow closer to God? By spending more time with God.

Rom 8:5
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

-Set your mind on the things of God, and you will grow in that area.

-Christians are not wimps; we are empowered by God to deal with anything that comes our way.
-We are allowed to be bold, we are allowed to tell it like it is, we are allowed to have righteous anger…

To Him be the Glory.

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Comments
  1. ssbjohnson says:

    Hey Dan told you I would find your blog and I would comment!! here I am!
    -Sarah

  2. This is right on brother, AMEN and AMEN!

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