by Pastor Tim Burt
When I was boy, the Lady Bug was the one bug I would always love to pick up. They were not something we saw often. To me they were almost like finding a four-leaf clover—they were such a novelty. I’d always pick them up and let them crawl on me. I didn't like bugs but Lady Bugs weren't like bugs. They were like cute little pets.
The world does that with Christians. The media focuses on any Christian that has every been a poor example, whether it be someone ministering on television or someone who calls themselves a Christian but has done something wrong or crazy. The world and the media try to paint pictures of all Christians being weird, crazy, or hypocrites. Forget the fact that people in the world get drunk or high, swear, watch or participate in illicit sex, and will lie, cheat, or manipulate to get what they want. As a matter of fact, I've just described the average prime time television show. They don’t care if they do all that. They don’t profess to be Christians so they don’t have to restrain themselves from this behavior. They just want professing Christians to be perfect and if they catch one making a mistake or blowing it by sinning, they blast that person as the devil incarnate and mock Christianity because of a few. Most Christians are good people. Most Pastors are good Pastors. Most television evangelists are Godly men that are not out for money. They take donations so they can reach more people with Christ’s love. Television costs are outrageously high.
Being a Christian is a decision to give your life over to Jesus and to accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior. From that moment it’s a life-long process of personal character transformation. People in the world don’t understand that. They just think, “You say you are a Christian so how can you be doing that?” “You’re a hypocrite!”
Christians can become a victim of the Lady Bug/Japanese Beetle syndrome. They are all lumped together as being too hard to distinguish good from bad. The world tries to make us all look bad. This causes many people who are interested in Christianity to think of it like the Japanese Beetle. They don’t understand the difference and they brush it away. That has been a strategy of the devil from the beginning.
When you believe something strongly—when something becomes a true conviction and an anchor of your heart—it will guide your life. That is why you better have your beliefs anchored in true knowledge and fact. You better not get seduced by the world’s perspective and criticism of Christianity or you’ll begin to be embarrassed that you are a Christian.
Philippians 2:15 (NLT) "... Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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