Sunday, November 28, 2010
2 Peter 2:1-3
1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
I was flipping through the TV channels this morning and came across a show titled "Religious Program" in the TV Guide. I decided to take a look. Unfortunately, what I came across was far from religious.
A Reverend (he has the nerve to call himself that), by the name of Peter Popoff was selling his "Miracle Spring Water" , claiming that this water would help you wipe away your debts by the "supernatural power of God".
I couldn't believe my eyes. Here is a man, absolutely abusing his authority and misusing the name of God for spiritual gain. I don't know about you, but in my opinion, this is a clear example of why many people think Christians are totally crazy.
Let me clarify by saying- this is not true Christianity.
The word Christianity when pulled apart means Christ-likeness. Those who know anything about Christ know that he was the furthest thing from a lying, stealing, fire-breathing evangelist out to make an extra buck. In fact, Jesus Christ was nothing short of pure love. He came as an advocate for the weak and the poor. He came to heal the sick and mend the broken-hearted. He came to love unto the point of death...and even then, to love more.
I find myself angry. Less angry with Petter Popoff (although he did tick me off) and more angry with the Christian subculture at large. Though you and I may not be guilty of TV scams, we have not always represented Christ as we should. We have been greedy, arrogant, and prideful at times. We have been harsh, judgmental, and straight up mean. We have represented our SELF, far more than we have represented our Savior. And though our sins may not be plastered on national TV, they still grieve the heart of God. It's about time things change.
Christians, we can only do so much in preventing the misrepresentation from others- but we can do incredible things as a body if we will each take a look at ourselves and ask Jesus to give us direction in how we represent his name. Ask him to open our eyes to the poor, the broken, and the needy. Ask him for humility, love, and compassion.
It's not too late, for there is still time for our Lord to save us from ourselves.
Lessons Learned by Debra Fileta at 7:03 PM