Lent Day 15 – The Great Disparity

Beautiful woman looking on the lipstick. Focus on lipstick
Insights on From the Grave: A 40-Day Lent Devotional by A.W. Tozer

by Heather Novak – Director of Connections / Valpo FUMC

“It is the glaring disparity between theology and practice among Professing Christians.” This again? Didn’t this topic just slay me a few days ago? I believe God will bring a thought to us in many different forms until we pick it up and understand it is Him speaking to us. Obviously there is something for me here, what about you, Dear Reader?

We like the pretty music, the love God has for us, the truth that we matter and that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We do not like the truth in this painfully apt quote from Mother Theresa; “It is a poverty to decide that child must die so that you may live as you wish.” If I am to get closer to Christ, I must face the fact that my choices indirectly damage other people, both through my actions and my inactions.

“Show me your checkbook, and I will see what you care about”- Gloria Steinem
My checkbook will say lipstick is important to me, and dining out. I care about World Vision a little bit, and my church…but I spend most of my disposable income on buying things I won’t use, need or care about in a few months.

Do I love God? Do I love God in a way that makes a difference? Do I ruin another’s view of who Jesus Christ is by the way I live my life(No matter what I usually tell myself?) Do I?

HN

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