An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

“Christian” Was a Dirty Word

(Proverbs 9:16 KJV)  Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

Have you noticed how often we seem to be embarrassed by the names we are called by the world?  It started in the Bible.
(Acts 11:26 KJV)  And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
As I understand it the term “Christian” was meant as an insult.  Way to go, World.  It has been a useful label.

Think of some of the other things that are thrown at devout followers of Jesus.  Have you ever been called a prude?  No?  I feel sorry for you.  Being prudent is one of the great Christian qualities.  Close to that is puritanical.  The world means you have hang-ups about sex and don’t really know how to party.  That is a bad thing?  We have been called intolerant when we don’t endorse homosexuality.  We have been called over-protective of our children when we don’t let them roam the mall with their friends.  The word “discrimination” has become evil when all it means is making wise choices.

So?  When the world calls you names, thank them if they are really good traits being polluted by followers of Satan.  Remember, even red-necks got that way from working hard on hot days.  Not so bad when you think about it.


Gorges Smythe said...

I'm trying to remember the verse where it says the ultimate sin is against the Holy Spirit by calling good, evil - and evil, good, but it's not quite coming to mind.

Pumice said...

That is why I am very careful in criticizing my Pentecostal brothers in Christ. I may not speak in tongues and I may not agree with what they believe about the gift, but there is certainly something there.

I think it calls it blaspheme.

Grace and peace.