Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Do ya love me?

This past weekend a young mother-to-be from a small town in Wake County was shot to death behind the Party City where she worked. Her boyfriend has now been arrested and charged with her murder. So far the baby is surviving.

The day after the arrest, the media interviewed several of her friends from high school (her family is not talking to the media). They talked about her singing in praise band and how much she loved Jesus. So in the back of my mind, I'm thinking "What changed?" The news article in the paper the next day described her as being "very active" in her church and that she was planning to move in with her boyfriend soon. And that little voice in my head is saying "It's not a Bible-believing church."

Today, in her obituary in the paper, it listed the name of the church and that she had a "passionate love for Jesus".  And the church she attends? It is Bible-believing. Which leaves me asking "How? Why?"

There's some very simple commands and statements made by Jesus Christ:

If you love me, keep my commandments. ~ John 14:15

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. ~ John 13:35

He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him...If anyone loves me, he will keep My word...He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent Me. ~ John 14:21, 23, 24

and some other descriptions about God's love and us:

For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; the upright will behold His face. ~ Psalm 11:7

The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but He loves one who pursues righteousness. ~ Proverbs 15:9

I am totally baffled how anyone, even someone whose heart has been ripped in pain with such a tragedy, can make such warped statements as "she passionately loved Jesus" when her life's fruit showed the exact opposite. Love Jesus? Okay, I'll just disobey his commands and commit adultery. Love Jesus? Sure, instead of "going and sinning no more" I'll not only commit the sin of adultery but plan to live the life of a wanton woman. I love Jesus so much that even though he commanded his followers to obey his commands (which included the law His Father gave), I'll not only NOT obey his commands, I'll brag to everyone about my disobedient lifestyle.

My heart is breaking for our country if churches who proclaim the saving grace of Jesus Christ and his power to transform lives allow its members to live the exact opposite. I'm reminded of King Josiah (in 2 Kings 22) who was given the "forgotten" book of the law, and when he read it, responded: ...for great is the wrath of the LORD that burns against us, because our fathers have not listened to the words of this book, to do according all that is written concerning us."  It is as if we have forgotten God's commands and that they apply to our lives, that if we truly love Him, we'll obey his commands.

My heart hurts for this family. Death is hard. An unexpected, tragedy such as this is even harder. But to turn a blind eye to God's commands and believe a lie, that's to face the wrath of God.

May He have mercy on the American church.


Jennifer said...

I am struggling with this right now. It's actually a discussion in our house with some of Jack's close family members. He thinks they are saved, but I don't. One never goes to church, doesn't talk about God or anything. Yes, he is a "good" person and would give you the shirt off his back. The other one used to be so on fire for God. Went to EVERY service and visitation. He would quote us scripture and call if he wanted interpretation. He was even a "KJV" only (which is extreme to me). A year later he totally disappeared from the church. Never went back....never talked about God again. Started living with a girl for two years (and just now married her this past week and didn't tell us...another subject). Even when someone would talk to him about it he would give excuses. I don't think I have ever seen someone so on fire for God, but then totally change and do a complete 180 turn! I struggle because I wonder if they are saved like they claim. I would say no, but then who am I to judge? I know I do things that even though may not be a direct command from God, is still sin and I sometimes I do it over and over again. I don't know if I am putting it down right, but anyway, I struggle with it. I agree with what you said though. Love Jesus and yet do something that is clearly something in the Bible????

Monica said...

I don't struggle so much with their salvation as with their claim of "passion and love for Christ". Their actions more resemble the church in Revelation that Christ described as "lukewarm" in their love for Him. I guess after watching the country music awards Sunday night and some of the worst-lyric musicians thanking Jesus for their success and then this headline really rubbed me the wrong way.