Fight the good fight of faith

I have a lot of contacts around the country in the UMC on social media.  Some of the people are very smart.  They write in ways that I find difficult to understand.  I’m thankful for the super smart people over the last 2,000 years who have helped me to understand the Gospel as I understand it today.  You who regularly read my blog know my writings are brief and easy to understand.

This morning I read 1 Timothy 6:11-12: “But as for you, man of God, run away from all these things. (6:3 tells us “these things” are teachings other than the Gospel).  Instead, pursue righteousness, holy living, faithfulness, love, endurance, and gentleness.  Compete in the good fight of faith.”

In a society that values every opinion and calls all religions equal, we risk being seen as judgemental if we do not give credence to other religions and all opinions.  The UMC came up with this catchphrase years ago – “Open hearts, open doors, and open minds”.  The open minds have just about destroyed the church in America.  Rather than flee false teachings, we have allowed “open minds” to fill the pulpits on Sunday mornings.  We call bad good and call good bad.

Paul reminded me, and I am reminding you this morning of a simple message: Christianity is not a popularity contest.  In love, we hold to the truth, setting our minds on Christ, and not allowing ourselves to be swayed by public opinion or public scorn.  Faith is a fight that has us swimming against the current.

“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
~ Proverbs 14:12

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One Response to Fight the good fight of faith

  1. Eileen White says:

    New International Version
    Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
    I always think of this verse, in todays world where people suit themselves, for what is good or what is bad. They try to make the Bible suit their lifestyle

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