Well, well, well. How about those apples? Sweet or sour, it doesn’t really matter because it will have the same effect no doubt. I can’t do much else, but I do a lot of thinking while pressing the seat of my britches in a chair. Sometimes it doesn’t even have to be a comfortable chair.
Many years ago while out on my job, I got engaged in a religious conversation, and boy did I get surprised. We were talking about the Bible and what we should and shouldn’t do, and what we should believe and shouldn’t believe.
I told her if it was in the Bible I believed it, even if I didn’t understand it. She was a rather young woman at the time, and as I was leaving I told her that it wasn’t up to us to judge other people.
She said, “Oh yes it is, because the Bible says that the saints shall judge the world.”
She was maybe 30 years of age, and was standing in front of me, telling me that she was a saint. She didn’t say it, but she didn’t have to.
Nobody lives above sin. I mean nobody, including me. There is only one who committed no sin, and that is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
‘All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.’
Any time I want to see someone with faults, all I have to do is look into a mirror and there he is, looking at me. When I say faults, I am not saying I am the same person I used to be, only forgiven because of His tender mercy.
I have heard ministers get up before a congregation and tell them that they sin daily, and I am guilty of it too. But I won’t anymore, unless I go a little further and explain what I mean by that statement.
If you think evil thoughts or hold grudges against someone, you have sinned, even if you didn’t say it.
‘He that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin.’
If you have the means to visit the sick and shut-ins, and you don’t, you have sinned. It is no sin to have plenty of money, but if you value your money more than you do the Lord, you are a sinner. One little dollar bill will send you as deep into hell as a million if you think more of that dollar bill than you do God.
You can attend the church of your choice every Sunday of your life, donate to help the church pay its bills or to help those in need as we are supposed to, shake the preacher’s hand and brag on him a little to boost his ego, confess your sins to him, but none of this will get you to heaven, because it ‘is as filthy rags.’
That preacher in the pulpit can’t save you; he couldn’t save himself. The name on the front of the church or wherever it happens to be is just that, a name. It won’t save you either, and neither will the money you give; it will only raise the total in the church treasury.
Read the story in the Bible about the poor woman who gave all that she had, two pence. She was mocked because she did that, while others gave much more. But Jesus said that she had given the most because she gave all she had, and you have to give all you have too, and I am not talking about wealth, either.
He wants all of you, soul, mind and strength, before He will accept you as a worker in His vineyard. All workers will receive the same wages when payday comes.
By payday, I mean resurrection day, and it is coming and getting closer with each passing minute. I don’t get to attend church as much as I would like to, like so many others, but I haven’t forgotten ‘my first love,’ either.
Now back to my original subject. If a preacher gets up in front of a congregation and says he’s a sinner, which he is, a sinner saved by grace, and there is one in the house who needs to hear God’s message, he or she will think that if the preacher’s a sinner, they have wasted their time coming there, and leave, perhaps never to darken the doorway again.
So we need to be careful what comes out of our mouth. ‘It is not what goeth into the mouth which defi leth the temple, but that which cometh out of the mouth.’
And that’s all from the funny farm until next time.