Posted by: ritagone | April 19, 2017

Oh No, Not Again!!!

Unfortunately, examples like the recently resigned governor of Alabama Robert Bentley are all too frequent: a professing Christian with supposedly high moral standards and feet of not only clay but mud. Solid stance on political issues that evangelical Christians adhere to (“hating liberals, hating Obama, hating abortion and hating same-sex marriage,” as quoted in a recent New York Times article about the governor’s resignation and situation) while conveniently forgetting what Jesus told us to be obedient about: loving your neighbor, honoring God, obeying Him about the important matters of life, like not being a sexual predator, things like that.

In the same recent New York Times article about Bentley (4/12/17), we’re told that “as governor, (he) would quote the Bible before the Alabama Legislature and say that God had elevated him to the State Capitol. In his dermatology practice, in the city where he was a Baptist deacon, he sometimes witnessed to patients. And when he was a first-time candidate for statewide office, his campaign headquarters were often filled with volunteers from local churches.”

Oi vey.

How many times have we heard and read about this same kind of situation: a self-righteous “man of God” on the outside, while behind the scenes he is involved in a sex scandal that ends his 50-year marriage and his political career.

And what can and should we learn from this?

That people can’t be trusted? That a Christian testimony is meaningless…unless it’s backed up with a matching life? That we’re all full of sin and therefore should all be forgiven? All of these? None of them? What exactly are the lessons we need to take away when we read the same kinds of articles as this one or hear the same items on television’s nightly news?

Well, one of the things that keeps running through my mind is this: please, please don’t tell people you’re a follower of Jesus Christ if you don’t mean to follow Him! Especially if you’re in the public eye, but this applies to anyone, please keep your mouth shut about loving Him, honoring Him, obeying Him, sharing His message with those who don’t know Him, if you do none of these things yourself.

We’ve got enough bad raps as it is as Christians, some not deserved, but unfortunately, most deserved.

Don’t make it worse.

Robert Bentley, God forgives you, and therefore I guess I do too. But boy oh boy, stay in the background for a while, until you get your act together, will you please?

I for one would greatly appreciate it.

And I suspect Jesus would too.

 

 

 

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  1. This is a prophetic word Rita. May I share it please?

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    > El 19 abr 2017, a las 13:12, Home // Rita’s Ramblings escribió: > > >

    • Absolutely! Feel free. And thanks for reading. This kind of thing breaks my heart for Jesus’ sake. Hope you’re doing well. Love.

  2. What a powerful way to vent your frustrations, which makes me want to just stomp my feet and scream. I’ve been reading the Reason for God by Timothy Keller and he touches upon this exact thing where the self-proclaiming Christians are less Christian than the nonbelievers they put themselves above.

    Keep speaking the truth, Rita!

    xoxox

  3. I think we forget (because they never make the news) that for every one we read about there are 10s or 100s that are living according to God’s Word. All I can say is I’m glad I’m not in the public eye!!

  4. Although we’re all hypocritical in so many ways, this completely sucks. “To whom much is given much is expected”. This man really doesn’t help what people already thinks of us as Christians. I agree that we need to speak out instead of being too afraid to speak out. Great job, Rita. Best to you, Michelle

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