Do as I Say, Not as I Do
Sometimes I have to go back and read my own articles. I can’t remember everything I’ve written, nor can I remember all the subjects have written about. It’s a good exercise for me, because, as we all know, I am far from perfect and sometimes I need to be reminded of the advice I have given others.
I know, or at least I believe that some of my articles have been inspired by the Lord. Those are the ones where I can just sit down and the words come without my having to spend a lot of time thinking about them. There are some that I might do extensive research on before I write because the subject is one of great importance to me, but I have to say the best ones are the ones that come quickly, the words flowing easily without having to stop and ponder on what to write.
I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately, especially since we have been going through so much the last few months. It seems to me, by reading the posts of friends on social media, that Satan is attacking quicker, harder and more often than ever for almost every other post I read is a prayer request from one of my friends who is going through a tough time, and lately it seems so many of them are going through such trying times. This tells me that is his time is getting shorter and shorter.
I am often amazed at how many of my Christian friends seem to be drawing away from God. I don’t see nearly as many uplifting posts as I used to. Instead the page is filled with selfies of the friends, of their family or of the wealth they enjoy. While it is a good thing to enjoy the blessings of God, pastors who brag about it on Face Book are not doing their congregants any favors, especially when that is all they post.
There are a few, very few pastors that I know that post nothing except pictures of their family going to high-end restaurants, going on cruises, going vacations or buying expensive items, and I have to think how far they have wandered from what they were called to do.
While I see many friends uplifting each other, posting bible verses, biblical and spiritual events and invitations to church services, praying for each other, I have to wonder about the few who don’t. I guess they follow that age old rule that parents used to quote “Do what I say, not what I do”, in other words they get in the pulpit on Sunday, preaching the word, encouraging people to help the needy, love one another but as soon as those church doors close, they are posting pictures of the exotic dishes they ordered at a restaurant while many of their parishioners went home to a pot of plain beans.
Once in awhile you might see them post about an event they took part in to raise money for a need in the community, but that usually only happens once or twice a year. The rest of the year they do not talk about what the church is trying to do to help the needy, they do not respond to prayer requests, in fact they seem to very quickly scroll past them all.
It seems to me that the smaller churches have a greater outreach spirit. In our little town they have gotten together and set up a thrift store. You can by a shirt or a pair of shoes for a quarter and all the proceeds go to different charities including the local food bank. Many of them got together and take turns holding a community meal once a week that is completely free and everyone is invited.
There are many here who will help people pay their utilities, do repairs on their homes are cars. I’ve heard many stories from residents who have gone to them for help. They advertise on social media when they are holding a special event or service and invite all to come. I guess some of these pastors I mentioned above have forgotten when they were on the bottom rung themselves. These are the very things that they encourage their congregations to do yet they take no part in doing any of this through their own churches.
So, I guess if I want to be where I need to be with the Lord, I need to follow my own advice. I need to read more of my articles, do what I have advised others to do and forget that, I too, have been following that age old saying of “Do as I say, not as I do.” When I need to be relying on God, I, instead have sat around worrying and fretting about what will happen next. We learn from our mistakes and I definitely intend to learn from this one.
Matthew 25:35-40New International Version
35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37“ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’