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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.

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      Kimberly Shelden 5 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.

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      Faith Reaper 5 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

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      Kimberly Shelden 5 years ago from Idaho

      Well said Molly:)

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      Mary Strain 5 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!

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      Kimberly Shelden 5 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?

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      Samantha Gold 5 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...

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      Sid Kemp 5 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.