Isaiah 29:13 (ESV)
13 And the Lord said:
“Because this people draw near with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
while their hearts are far from me,
and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,
God is not fooled by words, he can see right through them to your heart. When you say Grace are you simply repeating words that you were taught to say, or are you speaking to God? When you donate your money to the church is it out of habit or are you truly wanting to honor God and contribute to his kingdom? When you go to church, is it to network with friends, or to worship Christ?
I know a lot of people who claim they are Christians, but I can’t help but worry about them. They sin with no shame, they have never read more then two verses of the Bible in one sitting, and then it is only at the direction of their pastor. God seems to be in the back seat of their lives for all but two hours a week. I guess it is possible these folks are Christian, but when you love someone spending just two hours a week with them just isn’t enough. If your thirst for God is quenched for the week after two hours of church, I challenge to to really think about your commitment to Christ. If you find that your relationship with him isn’t what it should be please talk with someone who can help you learn how to recommit yourself to him.
Many preachers make it sound like as soon as you become a Christian, you will have money coming out your ears, your health will be perfect, your family will be perfect… they make Christianity sound like a genie’s lamp with unlimited wishing. While Christianity will be a lot more then we can imagine once we get to Heaven, the purpose of this life isn’t to turn us into spoiled brats. Most of could not handle having everything given to us on a silver platter yet. Jesus did not sacrifice himself to create a clique of Paris Hiltons (sorry Paris, I will say a prayer for you.) He sacrificed himself to create a group of warriors who are motivated by pure love to be a buffer between sinners and a cruel world that is diseased by sin. Just like many of the disciples had to walk away from their families to follow Christ, we will have to give up many things too. This is painful but just like soldiers are often brought to tears in boot camp, we will one day learn that every bit of pain we endured will be worthwhile.
Hat tip to Billy Graham for the title quote
I suspect that most of the individuals who have religious faith are content with blind faith. They feel no obligation to understand what they believe. They may even wish not to have their beliefs disturbed by thought. But if God in whom they believe created them with intellectual and rational powers, that imposes upon them the duty to try to understand the creed of their religion. Not to do so is to verge on superstition. – Mortimer J. Adler
via Ten Quotes on Faith and Reason.
I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup. It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there, were communion elements. – Buzz Aldrin
via Communion on the Moon.