This week, both at CSM on Tuesday night, and Middle School on Sunday morning, we talked about the concept of “White Washed” or appearing to be one thing, while practicing something different. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” Matthew 23:27 NASB
If you know me, or have ever read my blog before, you know that this is one of my biggest problems with modern Christianity.
I love Jesus. I love the biblical church. I love The Great Commission. And I love the Bible. I do my best everyday to try to follow God, and his plan for my life which He is developing very slowly, but in his good time. My problems with modern Christianity and the modern church probably started when I moved back to the United States in 2005. Growing up overseas God was in everything I did. He was a part of my everyday life. I was in and out of church several days a week, I was going to Bible studies, other churches youth groups, and talking about God with my friends. Moving back here to the US, that changed. People only went to youth group and Sunday morning service. I mean that’s cool in all, and I kinda got use to it. But the thing that has bothered me the most over the past 7 years, is seeing people act one way in church, and another way outside of church with their friends and family.
I remember going to church with a friend once, about 4 years ago. After church we went out to eat, he told me that the message really spoke to him. I was like alright, I knew he was a Christian, so I didn’t think any big deal of it. Right after our conversation about the morning service, our conversation changed to talking about girls. In which the first thing he said to me was: “I’m really hoping I can bang that chick this week, I’ve been trying to get in her pants for a long time.” My literal reaction to that was jaw drop and wide eyed. I couldn’t believe that he just said what he said. My thought process was, “If people that think he is a good Christian only knew who he really was.”
This is the reason that modern Christianity, or the modern church really bugs me. Because we sit back and do nothing about it. I’ve seen and heard some people on staff at my church, say some of the most despicable things. I know we are all human, and we make mistakes, but if you let something like that slip in front of a non believer then your whole testimony is ruined. Trust me, I’ve been there. Once I preached and preached and preached to a non Christian friend of mine. And I begged over and over for him to come to church with me .Thirty minutes later I made a disgusting joke, and I am up to this day, still recovering my testimony with him.
Don’t be like White Washed Tombs! Pretty on the outside but full of death on the inside. Let your outside appearence reflect your inside. Seek and follow a relationship with God. That way the kingdom won’t be tainted, by people judging Christianity based on your outward appearance.
I just want to leave you with the following. These were the verses that we used in the messages.
“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”
2 Timothy 4:1-4 NASB