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It's dangerous to get in bed with bondage

By Teresa LeNeave

Something my pastor said in a sermon resonated with me. "Since I've been a Christian," he said, "I've done some things wrong, but I've never done it comfortably".

I, as well, have done a lot of things wrong, but not once have I done it comfortably. There's always been something inside that says, "You should not have said that." Or, "You should not have done that."

That's a good thing. Christ followers should have a conscious. In fact, that's one of the indicators that's a visual to non-believers. But, what about the Christian who appears to have a seared conscious; a conscious that remains quiet when s/he does something that is against Bible teaching?

The principles taught in the Bible applies to all Christians, not just a few, so why do some Christians take advantage of other Christians and play on the compassions of the church? To me, the real sorrow is not that they play on the compassion of fellow Christians, but that they have no personal concept of what Jesus accomplished on the cross for them.

Jesus didn't go through all the pain, agony, and suffering so his followers would have to continue to live down-trodden and weighed heavy by bondage. Solomon, the wisest king who ever lived said, "The borrower is servant to the lender". That's bondage.

Churches, sometimes, are just as guilty as the government of being enablers by pretending irresponsibility is acceptable.

We actually harm people by not teaching personal responsibility. As parents we teach our children to be responsible and to have good work ethics because we want them to Iive blessed lives. Shouldn't that principle apply to the church as well?

The Apostle Paul taught personal responsibility and accountability. Paul taught and proved God's grace; His love and His power. He said, "My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory" Phil. 4:19. Then, his life backed it up.

In the church, as well as in world, there is no accountability and it's causing a disease that is spreading like cancer in and outside the church.

Irresponsibility enslaves a person. It's a bondage Christians just can't afford to cuddle if they want to win the world for Christ.

Christians have a responsibility to live in a manner that makes the unbeliever want Christ. Otherwise, like Paul explained, "Jesus died in vain".

Jesus' message is Good News. When our friends, family members, and neighbors look at us, what do they see? Do they see Good News?

We sometimes criticize the government for breeding takers, people looking for handouts without personal accountability, but doesn't our churches do the same thing if we aren't teaching personal responsibility?

Food for thought: can God's people comfortably teach, by our actions, that it's okay to promote irresponsibility?

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