In my life as a Christian (pretty much my whole life), I have heard so many people preach and teach that saying a prayer is enough....going to church on Sunday....being nice....following the 10 commandments....it's enough.
But lately I've been listening to some pastors / teachers who are teaching straight from the Bible and doing so unapologetically.
Examples? Here are 3 recent examples...all from different sources.
I listened to a sermon this morning that focused on a command we all break almost daily. "Do everything without complaining or arguing" - Philippians 2:14 We are to shine like stars in the universe...be different from the world...joyful...NOT complaining! I hate it when my children complain - how much more does God hate to hear me whining and complaining. If I ultimately believe God is in control, then what do I have to complain about?
At church last week, the sermon was titled "Being nice is not enough". The sermon was about passivity and how too often, we fail to speak truth when it is needed. This world needs leaders - even when it's not comfortable or culturally acceptable.
In another sermon I heard this week, the pastor spoke on divorce. He stated outright that he was not going to gloss it over, but preach straight from the Bible. Our current divorce-ridden culture needs to hear sermons like these preached!
This Christianity thing isn't a game. Jesus is not someone nice we can add to our lives. I'm learning that this is about eternity, and God is asking me if I'm in or out. All or nothing.
I'm thankful for the people who are speaking truth, regardless of how it will be received.