Thursday, October 30, 2008

Is there Enough Evidence Against You?

I have a sign in my house that says, "If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?". This was given to us by my mom-in-law, many years ago. It's scary and motivating at the same time.

I was reminded of the sign again the other night when I was reading through Daniel. I got to Daniel 6. And starting in verse 4 it says, " Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. Then these men said, "We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God." Then these presidents and satraps came by agreement to the king and said to him, "O King Darius, live forever! All the presidents of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked." Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction. "

So Daniel was a man without fault. He followed the rules and laws of the land. Just like we are supposed to do. We are to be law abiding people. If the speed limit sign says 55, that is what it means! I have known professing believers who raced in their cars on a highway, speeds that would have got them thrown in jail if caught. And how funny this was to them! I say, how disrespectful! They are CHRISTIANS, and what kind of witness are they being if they cannot follow rules that are set for safety on the roads? Can we as Christians just make our OWN rules? NO! Jesus even followed the laws of the land.

The only time that we should not follow one of the laws of the land is if it is in opposition to what GOD wants from us. Like here in Daniel. They had to make a signed law against what Daniel was doing because there was no other way they were going to a able to get rid of him. And Daniel was not going to stop talking to God.

I have been driving and seen people with Jesus Fish and Christian bumper stickers, driving fast of weaving in and out of traffic. I have seen people who "claim" to be people of Christ, provoking anger in others by NOT following rules that are set for everyone!

So, I ask you, please be a good witness to God's good name. Follow the laws and rules. Do not just do something because you can get away with it. Don't think that it won't matter. It does, because to the One who can see it, it matters big time.

Back to my sign. So there might be enough evidence to convict you against the laws of the land, but is there enough evidence to convict you against being a Christian? Someday those may coincide. But right now, is there enough evidence? Do we pray as much as we should? Are we in constant communion with Jesus? Do we live every minute of our day, shining the light of God? Lets build that evidence against ourselves for being Christ lovers, not law breakers. Both of which will point to the cross.


Genesa said...

WOW! This is a wonderful post. Very convicting. It is so important how we live. That doesn't always make it easy though. Thank you!

Joy ☺ said...

Do you get tired of me leaving comments all the time? :)
I'm actually glad you point this out in your blog because it kind've bothers me how people think being "good" means being a Christian. Not true. Far from true.
More to say but why write a novel?
Great job my dear. :)