One of the haunting questions I’ve had to deal with over and over is, “Why do people who call themselves Christians behave so badly?” Is it because they are bad people, or is something else bigger going on?
Here’s what I’ve learned. Identity determines behavior. How you truly see yourself is how you live. Too many Christians have been told and taught that they are just sinners saved by grace and nothing more. Others have been taught that their relationship with God is initiated by grace but depends on their faithfulness over a lifetime. All of this leaves people confused.
Here is the truth. We tend to live either down or up to the expectations and the influences in our life. So the question is, is Christianity a big God-stick that people use to beat you up and keep you in line? Or is your faith something more? Has it just changed your behavior and your lifestyle, or is it a brand new life? We deal with all these things today on episode # 52.
And we end by the three declarations. I don’t know if you’ve heard them. But listen, learn them, memorize them, say them over and over and over to yourself. Because the truth of the matter is, a lot of us sabotage our success simply because we see ourselves, at the core, as someone unworthy of God’s blessing.
As I’ve said over and over, the number one problem in American Christianity is self-loathing. We have not accepted our acceptance. On today’s show I give you some core reasons why.