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Cultural christianity

It started with a drink and then a few more. Then I smoked my first joint. I felt so guilty. But a month later I’m in the thick of it. I got sucked into this thing. I didn’t even realize it. I justified it, made myself believe that I was okay. But I wasn’t. I went from smoking weed to LSD and cocaine. It happened so fast. It’s like my compass just disappeared and I entered this whole other world. And when I finally realized how lost I was, it was too late. I couldn’t stop. “But even in the middle of all that, I still believed in God. It was weird. I would go to these parties, totally high, and end up talking about Jesus to my friends. I knew I didn’t belong there. I just couldn’t get out of the mess that I was in.
MICHAEL W SMITH

Michael W Smith sharing his testimony in the uplifting book I am Second : Real Stories, Changing Lives. It is quite sobering that the more we know God the more hypocritical sometimes our lives become. The problem is that once we know God, our faith in Christ can become our culture. We become not so much active followers of Christ, but merely existing within the ecosystem.

This means that even when we are living in sin, we can still just carry on worship and serving God on Sunday as per normal. And that is really not a good place to be, but sadly it is where many of us are. The good news is that nothing is impossible with God. If we surrender to Him he can break us free from it. Jesus is a saviour who specialises in hopeless causes!

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