I get bothered Jesus-loving, faith-living people curse.
I don’t mean baby Christians who are still toddling in the “milk years”. I mean those that are grown up and mature.
So grown up in fact that they can look up Scripture and find something to “explain” the talk and dismiss gentle correction as “legalism and judgment”.
Let me be upfront with you though – this post clips wider than Christians talking wrong. (I do have a link at the bottom where Charles Specht does a great job of explaining what the bible says about cursing.)
This is where my real problem is.
Liberalism. Inclusion. Lukewarmness. Normalcy. Laziness. And other things we’ve made part of our Christian duty and diet.
And yes, and am guilty too.
My transgressions might be of a different shade – I don’t curse or swear, I blow hot or cold most of the time, I am conservative – I left Africa but Africa never left me.
But when it comes to loving my comforts, living an uninterrupted life, hushing up when my problems or the world screams too loud, I lead the pack of the afraid.
It must sound strange to our minds, maybe even hypocritical. Human nature seems to demand that we only preach what we practice. Which is true in a sense.
Still if we only preached what we have perfected, we’ll never get around to preach anything.
So back to Christians in need of a mouth (and other type of) wash.
We all have fallen short.
Still I think the best thing we can do is to stop the “you have a pole in your eye too” game when someone points out our lukewarmness, immodesty, liberalism, idols, greed.
Discomfort in sin
I am learning to accept that I am a work in progress. I am learning that everyone else is a work in progress.
Still “being a work in progress” doesn’t give me the freedom to bask in my squalor. I need to be growing. By the time am college material in the school of life, I should have left kindergarten behavior.
I should be uncomfortable in my shortcomings. I should not be defending them, accepting them, allowing them to shut me down.
Of course discomfort does not offer guarantees.
It doesn’t mean somebody will change. Still it’s still better than comfort.
So, it’s okay to stay bothered when godly boundaries are trounced by the same people they are created for.
It’s okay to be bothered when we see others (and ourselves) work tirelessly to be accepted by the world..and not as hard to keep our salvation.
It’s okay to be bugged when things don’t go the way they are supposed to.
Discomfort in others
Am learning to see others who are uncomfortable in their “sin”.
The mothers who cover their little one’s ears when they swear. The man who won’t light up in the church compound. The kid who spits out khat when talking to an older person.
Am learning that as long as there’s discomfort, a consciousness, a desire for truth and righteousness, for a better thing, there’s hope.
It’s good and healthy to be bothered by sin, even the very one we struggle with.
I’d rather be at the wailing wall, head down, beating my chest in brokenness, pain, frustration and repentance. Than standing off at a corner with an uplifted face, glorying in my cleanliness, achievements and perfection….and delusion.
Questions – What is currently bothering you? What areas are you desiring to get better?
*A good read by Charles Specht – Cursing: What does the bible say about it?