Can you remember times in your life when you became aware that what you were doing conflicted seriously with what you believed?
I remember beginning to read the New Testament, thinking I was never going to sin again. I was only a couple of chapters into Matthew when it dawned on me that change was going to take longer than I expected….
I wonder if anyone else out there has a clue just how far off the mark our country’s behaviors are from what we ‘profess and confess’…
“Then he will turn to the ‘goats,’ the ones on his left, and say, ‘Get out, worthless goats! You’re good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because—
I was hungry and you gave me no meal,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited.’
44 “Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn’t help?’
45 “He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.’
46 “Then those ‘goats’ will be herded to their eternal doom, but the ‘sheep’ to their eternal reward.” (Matthew 25:41-46)
When Political & Gospel Beliefs Clash…