Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Challenge of Being Plastic

"Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely."
P. J. O'Rourke

Each of us face the daily challenge of living our lives to please Jesus. John explains it this way, "Those who claim to follow Jesus must walk as Jesus walked" (1 John 2:6). You talk about a tall order. Even Apostle Paul, in Romans 7, admitted that the day to day challenge of walking in Christ's steps can be overwhelming to his human nature. He's left to wonder, "who can save me?"

Yogi Berra once said, "When confronted with a fork in the road, take it!" Obviously, this tends to be our dilemma when trying to please the Lord and also trying to satisfy our human nature. How most Christians resolve this issue is by turning plastic. In other words, since godliness may not work out for my convenience, at least I can look clean on the outside and fool a few people along the way. It's going plastic. Apostle Paul resisted this by openly writing about his shortfalls. The Bible says that we are to avoid going plastic by confessing our sins to "each other." This type of transparency restores our relationship with the Father and with each other.

So, next time I'm confronted with a fork in the road, I want to choose either right or left. Going down the middle is not the right decision, moreover, it leads to becoming a plastic person.

Let's stay real everyone! Pray for me.