ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Christianity Court

Updated on April 17, 2016

Is there enough evidence to convict?

If the law were to arrest you for being Christian, would an investigation gather enough evidence to convict you, or set you free? The qualities that would help them throw the book at you are: love, self control, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, virtue, knowledge, endurance, piety, and brotherly love. These qualities are the fruits of the spirit. When you are abiding in Christ’s love: loving God with all of your heart and your neighbor as yourself, reading his word, and living your life in such a way that your life produces fruit, it would be difficult to convince a jury or a judge that you were not Christian.


The World is Watching

There have been “Christian” people in my life who have made me feel sorry and ashamed for not only what they are representing to the world, but for also what they are showing Christ. He died, after all, on a cross for us. He took on the sins of the world. It is bad enough that people are still spitting on his face today, as they did at the time of the crucifixion. I see an interesting paradox, just like the first time, his people are still turning their backs on him. The world is full of weekend Christians, and I dare say to them, why bother? It is after all, for show. Is it really that important that everyone at the church and in the community get to see you punch your card? Do your duty, show up, and then live the rest of the week anyway you like. What do you think that behavior represents to the world that is watching you? Who do you think your fooling?

Hypocrisy

There are many motives to this behavior, but it basically comes down to hypocrisy. People do not trust liars, and if you are going to say you are a believer act like it, otherwise it makes it twice as difficult when a true believer comes after you to clean up the mess you made with the people that Christ loves, by the way he loves you to. Just in-case you were wondering fruit that isn’t genuinely growing from the vine rots and eventually falls off of you. Posers can only fake it for so long. Faulty fruit smells like: holding grudges, judging others, hating others, wanting to cause harm, withholding forgiveness, gossiping, ridiculing, ignoring others, withholding mercy, throwing stones, and many more.

Living a Life of Purpose

Do you live your life on purpose, filled with intentionality? Seek the moment to be kind and loving? If you are unsure whether he is real, look back on your life for the spiritual markers. He has been in your life all long, and if you examine your life you will see where his hand has been guiding you, rescuing you, and convicting you. Will others stand with me? If you are ever locked up for being a Christian, I hope they have enough evidence to convict. My prayer is that your life is a testament of your beliefs.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • k2jade31 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Shelden 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Thank you Faith, I have not received many responses. I am sure that many people will probably not like it, but I felt compelled to write it. I appreciate your support.

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, k2jade31, this is awesome, and I hope it is read by millions!!! I always do a heart check before leaving my house, as I have a tapestry in the little foyer/hallway leading to my garage, that has the "Fruit of the Spirt" written on it. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • k2jade31 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Shelden 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Well said Molly:)

    • mollymeadows profile image

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Jade, you do us all a favor by inviting us to check ourselves. Far better for us to weed our own gardens than have the Lord weed them for us!

    • k2jade31 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Shelden 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Thank you both for your comments. I held my breath not to offend anyone, but maybe people need to be offended sometimes. If you are going to identify with something that = love, your actions and your life should be a representation of love. If your beliefs are a direct contradiction to how you live your life, what is that?

    • Samantha Gold profile image

      Samantha Gold 

      6 years ago

      What an awesome Hub. It really makes you think. There are so many hypocrites out there going to church, saying they're Christians. Are they really Christians? Maybe they want to be...

    • SidKemp profile image

      Sid Kemp 

      6 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      The fruits of the spirit, are, indeed, what matter. Not so much the name we call ourselves by.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)