And you, what about YOU?

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  Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. “Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”.      Luke 13:1-5

This was one the first scriptures I was given by to study by Pastor Mark Roberts when I first became a Christian. As a new believer I didn’t realize how it was speaking to me of my attitude and life. You see one of my greatest arguments for NOT becoming a Christian was the actions and attitudes I felt ‘Christians’ were portraying. The way “they” would say ‘Jesus is Lord’ on Sunday and steal from their boss, foreclose on the poor widow woman, beat their wife or drive like they owned the road on Monday,

To my way of thinking, the worlds way of thinking If Jesus REALLY was the Son of God then why did they act like they acted. Why would I EVER want to be associated with a bunch of hypocrites and liars.

My choice, decision was being made by the actions of others NOT BY ME! In no other area of my life would I have allowed others to choose for me, but here I did.

See this scripture is really simple, when you kneel before Christ, and you WILL kneel before Him you will give account for YOUR actions and choices alone. You will not be able to say “but what about them”?, “but they”, or “I am better than they are”. YOU ARE NOT CONDEMNED BY THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS, YOU ARE CONDEMNED BY YOURS’. See God judges each man by his own actions and words: Ezekiel 24:14, Romans 2:5-11, Matthew 12:33-37.

By the same token your are not a Christian because you go to church, were born in America, have a brother or father who are Pastors. Your salvation is dependent upon YOU coming to the foot of the cross and acknowledging (Romans 10:9)  that you are a sinner and worthy of eternal condemnation (Romans 3:23). Acknowledging that Jesus died the death that you deserved and has given YOU ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH ACCEPTING His work on the Cross (Romans 10:13, Matthew 16:16)

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  • Tammy Evans-McNeely (Once upon a time I was Tammy Green :)...) commented on October 20, 2015 Reply

    What an interesting post to have stumbled across at this time in my life…I was looking for an old friend/mentor and in the same moment, found a familiar truth.

    This verse holds a lot of meaning for my life right now. American society and often religion condition us to be innately judgemental, to instinctively categorize the perceived sins and failings of others and display them in our courtly halls of the mind as proof that our “better” existence is valid. I spent too much time living in those halls, sitting in that ghastly seat of judgement, handing down sentences: victim, villian, worthy, unworthy. I am learning it can never be that simple.

    My experiences are teaching me that duality is innate, that I cannot accurately catagorize my own sins, much less the sins of others. To truly understand myself or anyone else I must throw away the scoreboard. When I interact with others without taking the effort to understand, they become nothing more than pawns. The experience becomes a shadow of what it could have been and I walk away with only my own impressions, learning nothing new.

    Each time we cause hurt, it is only the person we’ve wounded that can fully relate the depth or severity of that offense, and even that measure can change through time or action. For causes both good and evil, intentionally and unintentionally, we wound, injure, derail, support, rebuild and elevate the lives we cross. It may be one of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn but I’m seeing it’s power. God is in the details.

    I’m no longer on a path that is “Christian” but truth comes in so many forms. That’s my takeaway, for what it’s worth.

    What I’d like to say now is thank you, John. You were an amazing force for good in the life of a family that desperately needed it. You helped
    to alter our course when things were so dark. You showed compassion and grace to a man who rarely experienced such kindness and in doing so you positively impacted the lives of his entire family. You didn’t sit aloof, on a seat of judgement like so many others. You didn’t run from the darkness but sought out the light within it and helped it to grow. He told us later of your friendship to him and I’ve never forgotten it.

    Time spent with you remains a beautiful and peaceful memory for us all. Who you were, remains an ideal to strive for. You hold a place of honor within our family and I cannot remember meeting another like you in all the years since. I don’t know how you remember that time but that is how I remember it.

    I hope you see this and I hope to hear from you sometime. Thank you so much, for everything you did.

    • John commented on January 26, 2016 Reply

      Tammy, thank you for taking the time to leave your comments, letting me know you are still out there, and for the gracious words. I will contact you. John

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