There are times, I kid you not, that I completely lose it. My temper. I’ve already lost my mind, so that’s not an issue. ðŸ™‚ Sometimes I don’t like the things I see. I see the world going to hell in a basket. I see one government going downhill, while another crawls its way back to the top. I see a poor mother living out of her car begging for diapers for her young child. I see another mother yelling at hers.
The fact that our worldly language hasn’t changed troubles me, because behind and on top of our mouths lies a brain, apparently one that hasn’t been transformed by the love of Christ. I truly believe that’s a case where we haven’t been born again…we haven’t had the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Yes, I am judging this one area.
As a Christian a BIG part of our lives is centered on what we say, just as much as we do. There’s been a couple of times where I haven’t gone off audibly, like when the kitchen has been left untouched after a meal, or the trash hasn’t been put out. Also, when I come across a person who has been smoking the funny stuff or not the funny stuff. (I’m highly sensitive to ANY and ALL smoke). In each case, among many others I’ve kept silent, but my demeanor is screaming a mixture of sheer bloody murder vs. mercy. I think that walking into a closet, shutting the door, and screaming would be a better option. I’m not going to mince words here and water it down: taking a drag means that you must, at some point, exhale. Yet if you are smoking and witnessing the gospel to another at the same time there is a 50/50 chance that what you exhale will turn the people off…to you and the Gospel.
Think about it: you know that many are sensitive anyways. Some will be turned off by the gospel itself. But many are turned offÂ by the deliverer. How many of us are totally turned off by a drunk soul?
Pot smoking, something that our country is now making legal is another story, but still falls under an offensive act…one that a Christian should not take a part of at any time.
Straight talk: Pot smokers have a rather harsh, careless attitude. They will deny it at every chance, but it’s there just the same. I realize that for most people smoking is a crutch. But a Born Again Christian should have no other crutch but Christ. Besides the horrible, enduring side effects of smoking, there is also the fact that we are called to a higher degree of living a godly life, presenting ourselves before God as a living sacrifice.
And I can tell you one thing: if you are a heavy smoker you need to quit. First, because it does harm your body, which is made to serve God. Also, whether you realize it or not, smoking can harm those living in your house and those that you have in your life. Second hand smoking is not a myth!
Second quitting will strengthen your witness before others.
Remember, God will give you the strength to do what you must do, and the courage to endure.