Monday, December 12, 2011

Where's Your Allegiance?

A few weeks ago I was out walking with my wife when I observed a funny thing. It was a teenage boy whom I will call a "confused sports fan." He was wearing a Boston Red Sox shirt, a St Louis Cardinals hat, and a Seattle Sounders scarf...all at the same time. This struck me as quite humorous for obvious reasons...my immediate question was "who are you following?"

It seems that many people are, like this boy, confused. We are quick to follow the latest fad, or allow pop culture to dictate to us our morality, and we often don't really understand why we believe what we believe, leaving us vulnerable to a world that doesn't exactly embrace absolute truth. We often end up looking like that boy; picking and choosing from different belief systems or religions, which often leads to a sort of hypocrisy. Our words say one thing, while our actions say something else.

I wonder when people see me, what they see? Do they see someone sold out to Christ; one team, one uniform, one hat/shirt/scarf...do they see someone who's words and actions "alibi" each other? Or do people see in me something like that boy, not quite sure who I'm following or what I stand for?

The key to the whole thing lies in building a passionate and committed relationship with Christ. Build your life around the catalysts that lead you to this relationship; Bible, Prayer, Community, Service, and Worship...and allow God to lead you closer to Him.

"For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him." (2 Chronicles 16:9)

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