Growing up in the church I had a front row seat to the catastrophe of sin in a person’s life. I got to see how it affected their families, their friendships, their marriages and often it carried some pretty stiff consequences depending on what the sin was. (all sin condemns a man to hell, but the earthly consequences are different). Being a witness to this process changed my view of the church and of Christians. I learned that it is better for someone to struggle and not let their sin be known so that they can avoid these strained relationships and Earthly consequence.
Better to pretend to be righteous than to actually be free from sin through confession. With this as my guide I became a very self-righteous person. I looked great on the outside, clean, pleasant, peaceful. This was far from the truth as my appearance of cleanliness would eat away at me from the inside because the only person my sin mattered to was God and He saw every bit of it. The act I was putting on for the world to see did not fool Him. Peace can only come from God and it wasn’t until I stopped playing “righteous” that I found it. I traded my clean appearance for a heart that was actually made clean through the death of Jesus thousands of years ago. My repentance and my confession to Him have made me truly righteous and has brought genuine peace to my life.
How about your life? Do you want a peace that does not match our understanding? Can I encourage you to look to God for the answers? Feel free to reach out and ask me questions.
I feel as if I need to apologize to all of the people in my past that I have cast judgement on with my actions all the while hiding under a mask of self-righteousness. I was no better but I played it off as if I was. For this I apologize.
Our church this past Sunday participated in Carboard Testimonies. It was a powerful time of acknowledging what brokenness God has delivered us from. Above is a picture of the two sides of my cardboard. Will you consider joining us in sharing our testimonies and write out on cardboard what God has delivered you from? May your testimony be a powerful tool God uses to reach those that are lost.
-Pastor Paul Mollett