Friday, July 23, 2010

Don't Fake the Holy.....

So last night at VBS part of the subject was living a Holiness lifestyle.  The conversation was about how the church has become so much like the world in different areas and how we need to remain separate from the world in our dress, actions, lifestyles (remember we're representing Christ/Jesus/God/Holy Spirit who is the only way to Heaven).  Well one of the things that came up was about the importance of living a holy lifestyle and I started thinking that I've seen people "fake the Holy". (Holy meaning your lifestyle/relationship with God.)  People want to fit in with the church folk so bad that they will fake it instead of realizing that you can't fake it if you have a real relationship with God. Bible reading and prayer life are things that help build that relationship on the foundation of salvation. And the sad part about faking the Holy is that it might not be just the lifestyle that is being faked....but the persons actual salvation may be faked too...so much church activities and spiritual emotion that they just completely bypassed salvation and are trying to "live their way into" salvation.  That's where we not only become a hinderance to ourselves but to other who are assuming that we are living the real deal.

People catch the Holy Ghost and show however it is in them to show it, they dress a certain way, talk a certain way (using all the big dictionary words....or at least the "big" church/clergy/spiritual sounding words), go to certain events....and while that may all contribute to their holiness lifestyle, you will find some who "fake the Holy".  **Now a side note about catching that Holy Ghost: some cry, some shout, some pace, some sway, some get quiet and just sit with closed eyes, some take a victory lap.  Everybody reacts in a different way and it is not my job to judge someone on their abundance OR lack of show of emotion or otherwise....God may speak to them differently than how he speaks to me.  I can't say that people don't look repentant enough if they're going through something....that's not my place...

People will read a bible verse of the day, a commentary or paraphrase of scripture and consider their Bible reading done.  Memorizing scripture, but not ingesting it into their lifestyles to change them for the better.  They will consider their prayer life to consist of saying grace and praying when in trouble.....but no....that's not enough.  My habitual prayer time has become during my commute to work...I usually don't listen to the radio or CDs but instead ride with all the noise off....with my phone ringer off....and God and I get in about a good 30-minute talk...if I actually get to be off then it's a 30 minute, no tv/internet/distraction first thing after I get up.

It doesn't matter how many times you fast, how many times you pray, how you praise, how you worship, the things you deny yourself in the name of God, how many verses you can recite, what church conventions or convocations you go to if you are FAKING THE HOLY...Stop lying to yourself and get right with God.  When you truly realize how good God is to us, you're reminded of how much we have in him and that right there makes you want to have the right kind of relationship with him...