Est. May 2008

10 September, 2012

Consistent Pattern


Because of the sin of our forefather, Adam, Christians are incapable of not sinning; it’s ‘in our genes’, so to speak.  The thing of it is, once we become Christians, our behaviors are supposed to change so we start working towards a more consistent pattern of sinless life – a process by which we become more and more righteous in God’s eyes. 

If, however, a professing Christian shows no progress in becoming more righteous, it’s understandable when others question their profession of their faith; as the apostle John said, ‘If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth’, and ‘[t]he one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him’, and ‘[n]o one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.  Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning’ (1 John 1-4).

Which is why plenty of folks have been questioning the ‘Christianity’ of Democrats, particularly in the wake of the recent Democratic National Convention and the ‘difficulties’ they had re-inserting ‘God-language’ into their party platform.  And no matter how much folks like Sally Quinn, Lisa Miller, and Susan B. Thistlethwaite try to convince us that all the ‘God-talk’ was sincere, the actions of the Democrats – particularly in recent years – is evidence that perhaps their professions of faith should be questioned.

In a previous WaPo column, Ms T said:
From a Christian perspective, faith in God is not demonstrated so much by “talking the talk” of using God language as much as it is “walking the walk” of doing what Jesus taught us to do.
She then limited her discussion to ‘feed[ing] the hungry,  cloth[ing] the naked, hous[ing] the homeless and care[ing] about those in prison’; left unmentioned is what’s arguably the most important way of ‘walking the walk’ – keeping Jesus’ commandments (John 14:15).

When you leave out that crucial information - that Christians are to strive to obey Jesus and work to refine their righteousness through Him – of course you can call Democrats Christians, even in the face of their embrace of the LGBT agenda, the abortion agenda, and the agenda of envy which drives their efforts to demonize the successful and wealthy in the eyes of those who aren’t so successful and not so wealthy.

And that’s only three examples of a multitude which can be drawn from.

As Jesus Himself said, ‘You will know them by their fruits’ (Matthew 7:16-20).  I think there are plenty of Christians out there who see the fruits produced by Democrats and wonder how in the world they can call themselves followers of Christ.

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