Saturday, September 21, 2013

And the winner is . . .

When I grew up it was all about winners. It was ingrained in us since we were children. From the beauty pageants on TV to down the street football games, there was always a winner. Somebody won and somebody lost.
Then somewhere along the line, everyone became a winner. Everyone got a trophy. We didn’t want anyone to feel left out, so we made sure everyone at least felt like a winner. While there are upsides and downsides to this, I believe it has partially evolved into why we are now taught tolerance and apathy.
I don’t believe in tolerance and apathy when it contradicts God’s Word, but I do believe in love. If you love someone, you don’t tolerate their wrongdoing. You are not apathetic to sin. When you love someone, you want the best for them. You want them to win. You don’t judge, but you do correct and encourage. Somehow we have lost this understanding. We are called to speak the truth – in love – whether or not it’s popular. We don’t condemn, but we do stand for truth.
The truth is, someday we will all be a winner or a loser. There is no middle ground. We will either be first or last. No runners up and no number 2 or 3 or top 10 out of 100. We are either in or out.
As Joshua said over three thousand years ago, Choose – make a choice. Whom will you serve? The gods of this world or the one and only true God of the Bible?
            As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. We choose the crown of life and eternity with Christ. This choice is a blessing now, because our eternity with Christ starts today in this world.

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