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The Remixed Christian

by Dwayne Willacy

Satan loves to remix us, adding evil and subtracting good

(Continuation of the article on pages 4 and 5 of the October 9, 2010, issue of Insight magazine)

Tell the truth in love

The world is searching for the truth, not a variation of something that they already have. If we would really show them the truth through the Word of God and through our own experiences, the church wouldn’t be able to hold the number of people who would be baptized every week. There are so many people out there looking for answers, looking for a more fulfilling way to live each day.

The truth is that a life without Christ is hopeless, because He’s the only way to have true joy, true happiness, and true hope. Often people shy away from telling the truth to one another—whether they are Christian or non-Christian—for fear of saying something that will hurt the recipient of the message.

Putting someone’s feelings over their well-being never equals love. My mother will never withhold sound advice from me for fear of hurting my feelings, because she loves me and cares about my well-being.

The same is true of Jesus. Yes, He meets us where we are, but He never leaves us there. During His life on earth, many of the times that He healed people or delivered them from something, He kindly told them to “sin no more” (see, for example, John 5:14).

Jesus always told His friends and His disciples the truth and called them to a higher level of living. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). The reason Jesus calls us to a higher level of living and doesn’t leave us in our sin is that He loves us. Just as He cared for the disciples’ well-being, He cares for ours in these end-time days.

The finale

Christ is the only way. He can take our “remixed” lives and transform them into beautiful songs that will inspire all who come in contact with them. He’s the ultimate songwriter. He’ll take away all the evil that Satan has added and restore all the good that Satan has subtracted. If we stand firm on what we believe and daily live a life dedicated to Christ, He will truly be lifted up and will “draw all peoples to Myself” (John 12:32).

I personally believe that on the day of Christ’s appearing there will be no excuse for those who didn’t accept Him during their lifetime. Although many of the criticisms from my non-Christian friends may be true, they’re no excuse for unbelief.

All of us must seek out the truth for ourselves and work out our “own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). Although God will send people our way to help us, no one else can have a relationship with God for us.

Those endeavoring to use the faults and lifestyles of others to justify their own unbelief will be in for a very rude awakening when Jesus returns. Because no Christian’s life (or any other person’s life) is the standard or the perfect example. Only Christ’s life is. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Furthermore, if those who criticize Christians know what the standard is, why aren’t they adhering to that standard themselves?

On the subject of criticizing Christians, here’s the rest of my story about the summer of 2005. Because we four Christians in that print shop decided to stand up for the truth, and tried to live a Christian life to the best of our abilities—enabled by the Holy Spirit—four of our Christian-hating coworkers became Christians themselves. Not only that, but their families also decided to accept Christ as their Savior. For us, this experience gave real meaning to Acts 16:31: “So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.’” To God be the glory!

Dwayne Willacy lives in the state of New York.

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