Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lip-Syncing Your Faith

To the pure all things are pure;
but to those who are defiled and unbelieving,
nothing is pure, but both their mind 
 and their conscience are defiled.
They profess to know God,
but by their deeds they deny Him,
being detestable and disobedient 
and worthless for any good thing.
Titus 1:15-16

Behavior is of unsurpassed importance in the Christian way.
Don Carson
"A Model of Christian Maturity"
Page 149

Several years ago there was a pop group named Milli Vanilli and they were riding the crest of popularity until it was discovered that they were not the ones actually singing, but that they were lip-syncing their music.  They did not posses the talent they professed to have.  Great showmen, yes.  Looked the and hip, absolutely.  Said all the right things, of course.  But it was discovered they were not really what they professed to be. 

There is and always has been those who lip-sync their faith, who say the right things and look the part when they are in front of the Christian crowd, but are eventually given away by their behavior, by the actual things that they say, do, and participate in on a consistent basis.  You see, you really do live out what you believe.  In fact, it is impossible to do otherwise.  

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