Whether you are a Christian or not, you will want to read this article.
Peter Kajano, of Troy, New York is an author and my very best friend. Recently he wrote a short article, which will cause the most dedicated believer to examine the way he exercises his Christian faith. Do we really walk the same walk as the talk we talk? Or have we lost touch with our first works, casting them aside for the cares of mini worlds of our own making? See how you measure up. I did, and I didn’t necessarily like what I saw. For that, I am in his eternal dept. This is Mr. Kajano’s article:
My Comments on the Christian Life:
Science has taught us to look beyond our normal senses, to investigate the unknown and its mysteries, to think, rethink, calculate, examine, propose and sometimes speculate. The vastness of knowledge and theories are commonplace today. However, we don’t understand all of its complicated, or convoluted formulas, hypothesis or their theories. But we are thankful for all its progress, from Abiology to Zymology. But as Christians, have we become more interested in the creation than in our Creator, in hypothesis and theories than our faith?
Too often, Christians are divided more by scientific studies and politics than they are by their profession of faith. Evolution, embryology, partisan politics, abortion and racism are but a few of the issues that run through the vein of our scientific or political process, followed by their ethics founded more today on serendipity, then on morality.
We choose to be Christians. We are not born into the His family or the body of Christ. Either we accept Jesus as our Savior or we denounce Him. Sadly, today our faith in Christ does not shine as the Hallmark of Christianity. We continue to walk on opposite sides of the narrow path, casting shadows instead of illuminating light. Are we truly committed to our Lord, or are we more preoccupied with carrying the banner of recognition than we are in carrying the banner of righteousness, being politically correct rather than being correctly honest, outwardly calling for justice when inwardly we are seeking profit or advantage? Our Higher Priority in life commands us to love Him first and foremost and to love one another without prejudice, family, friend, acquaintance, stranger, or foe. He excludes none. But how can we succeed and grow in Christ, if we won’t take time to continuously seek Him?
Today’s Christianity leaves less room for Christ. We follow our own road, lined with self-gratification. We are who we are for fear of what we could lose in favor of what we have, more interested in our own private world that cheats us of the greater life offered. We will accept that, which we don’t understand provided it has a hint of plausibility, probability or possibility, but ignore our faith and shun God. We leave Him outside our homes, schools, workplaces, vacations, our courtrooms and even our voting booths, but we profess to be Christians and will argue vehemently for our doctrine against other denominations or berate non-believers instead of praying for them. We treat Jesus as an addition to our culture, politics and science when Jesus is relative to them all. We have become complacent, and afraid to seek Him because He may be more interested in our character than our comfort, our faith than our sacrifices and our love than our success. But it is not what we have or had or will have; it is what Jesus has done, His sacrifice, His death, His resurrection, His forgiveness. The price He paid that we may abide with Him for eternity if we so choose. It’s a decision of a lifetime…
“There are no losers among those who serve the Lord” Peter J. Kajano
Yes I agree. I don't think that Peter is saying we shouldn't get involved in politics. He is saying, instead, we should take Christ, our faith and what we have learned from His Word with us into all arenas of life. I think that was the whole point - do not, leave our faith out of these things, but take Him with us and do His will in all things. Those who are giving Christianity a bad name are doing so by leaving Him out of their decision-making and thereby acting in the same way a nonbeliever would act. Then once proclaiming his faith, that person will quickly be marked a hypocrite and rightly so.
The Christian Church has failed in her purpose, it has involved itself in politics, and some "Christians" in government give Christianity a bad name. "Each tree is recognized by its own fruit."(Luke 6:44) and the Church is made up of imperfect people, but in Matthew 13:24-26
Jesus told of a parable where the Master sowed good seeds, but an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat. In the last part He said:
"Let both grow together until the harvest." The Christian church will never be perfect, neither will Christians be. The only way to have power to "walk the talk" is for a Christian to remain a "branch"
attached to the "True Vine" Jesus Christ.