2006-06-16 - Circumstantial Evidence
As you may remember, last week we presented Part 1 of my series, "Circumstantial Evidence," based on my experience with a vehicle breakdown.
This week, I will conclude the series, by traveling down a different pathway. This thought is not original with me, but I wish to expand on it. Someone has asked - if there were a trial, would there be enough evidence to convict you of being a Christian?
When someone cuts you off in traffic - do you make an ugly gesture, say some unprintable words or drive aggressively toward that person? Or do you simply send up a prayer for them?
When you are at work, do you "go the extra mile," or do just what you absolutely have to and leave skid marks leaving? Do you "do your work as unto the Lord," as the New Testament advises us to do?
When you are taking an exam in school, do you cheat? Or do you do your own work, even if it means failing?
Do you burn CDs that are copyrighted, justifying it by saying "well I'm not making any money off them?" "Or do you do the right thing, and refuse to copy them?
When someone tells a racist joke or a joke making fun of anyone, do we laugh - or do we express sympathy for the person that Christ loved enough to die for them?
In other words, is there a discernible difference between us and "the world?" We shouldn't blend in; rather, we should stand out distinctly from the crowd. Remember what our Lord taught us in Matthew 5:13:
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
Soli Gloria Dei,