Monday, January 16, 2012
Skinny Jean Christians
So I went shopping recently with my Christmas money. See, as a homeschooling mom, jeans, t-shirts and comfy sweaters have become my best friends. But I figured it was time to update a little and get some snazzy new clothes for when Hubby takes me on a date. I decided to check out skinny jeans.
***gasp*** I know. It’s like the winter time equivalent to swim suit shopping. But I pressed on.
After several stores, I ended up at one with a very helpful saleslady. They had something there called Modern Skinny jeans…just saying it makes me feel hip. I told her the size I wanted to try them in, and she happily retrieved them—and they were BIG on me! Oh happy day!:) She went to retrieve another size and returned with an eight. I tried not to laugh at her, truly I did. Um…I am not a size eight. She assured me I should try them and for some odd reason, I did.
And of course, I bought them.
They were a size eight.
Okay. How smart of this store is that? They made me feel good. I could call myself an ‘eight’ even though I’m not. After all, the tag I’m wearing proves it. So there.
And while this is great marketing…it’s not the truth.
My concern is there are a lot of Skinny Jean Christians out there today. People who have been sold a truth that isn’t really the Truth because someone wanted to make it palatable to them.
Hmm…kinda makes you think, doesn’t it? Do we ever compromise because we believe it will sell God better? Or do we tell the Truth and let His grace speak?
I looked up the word ‘truth’ in the Bible simply to see what I’d find. You know where it’s used most often? It’s used when Jesus speaks. Over and over and over again He begins with, “I tell you the truth…” Now, that truth wasn’t always an easy one to hear, but He never once shied away from it.
And He doesn’t want us to.
Listen as He prays to His father just before He’s betrayed and crucified: (taken from John 17)
13 “Now I am coming to you [God]. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. 14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. 19 And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth. 20 I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.
He knew God’s Word was truth. He knew His truth would make us holy. And He sent us into the world to tell that truth—knowing it could also make us hated. But you know what I find so neat? He prayed for us. Not only for God to teach us His truth so we could take it to the world. But also for our safety. Isn’t He awesome?
See, we don’t need to change Christ to get people to buy Him. He’s already the perfect product, and His one size fits all. Oh, we may at times need to change ourselves to be better sales reps, but never the One we’re selling. And when you sell the real deal, they’ll always be satisfied with it.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you. 2 Timothy 1:14