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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Charade (08/14/08)

TITLE: To Be Or Not To Be
By Anita Johnson



To be or not to be; whether ‘tis nobler to be an outwardly well dressed Christian for others to behold or to let the adorning begin on the inside.

The world in which we live today is filled with see and be seen attitudes. Yes, even among the church this is prevalent. I believe it is because of a need to feel important and accepted that people have succumb to this device. Pride, arrogance and haughty spirits are ramped in the battle for power and control.

I have talked with many people both Christians and non-Christians who have become disgruntled with this game of charades being played especially in the church. People tend to understand how someone who does NOT claim to be a Christian will possess wrong spirits. They will openly admit they are proud and live their lives seeking all of the pleasure they can get. They will also tell you that unlike the churchgoers, they don’t claim to be a Christian.

The world is a stage filled with actors. Many there are who love prestige and preeminence and therefore portray themselves as being over much righteous and pious to the world of on lookers. In a need to have someone to follow and pattern himself or herself after, some become loyal subjects to the actors. Therefore they become deceived.

The world was a stage for Jesus, and although he was accused of being a charade, (thou being a man make thyself to be equal with God) John 5:18 and Philippians 2: 6-7-(Christ Jesus, who being in the FORM of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation. Taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the likeness of men and being found in appearance as a man, he humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.) Jesus was no actor. He was real.

‘To be or not to be’ are words from Shakespeare that are so often quoted. Let us be true Christians. Let us not be guilty of charades any longer. The book of II Timothy 3:12 tells us, “yes, all who desire to live Godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” We are open books read by all men not

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Sara Harricharan 08/21/08
Your title sums this up and your last paragraph says it all. Nice job, this was a refreshing read! ^_^
Jan Ackerson 08/23/08
Nice devotional!
HQ Creston08/25/08
I enjoyed this article. It was very informative and enlightening. Felt like it would have been in one of my daily devotional books. Thanks for sharing.
Gerry Bloemendaal10/10/10
An excellent analysis of the situation.

According to me it is not the question to be or not be - but to rule Life with and in Christ.

To rule life with Christ is to love our Heavenly Father and Brother, ourself with The Love of God, and with His love for us love our neighbour.

It is The Law of Love which is so often forgotten by our brothers and sisters around the world. (though we have fabricated scores of other laws/rules to rob us of our God given freedom.)

Jeanne E Webster 12/07/10
Your article makes a good point for Christian character. Are we really who we profess to be? Followers of Christ? On any given day, each of us may vaccilate on our faithfulness to that duty. Depends on how we feel about ourselves, our family, our mental and physical health. A little honest reflection would reveal this reality. We fail our Lord in the same sense that the apostles failed him, in our humaness. However, He knows our frame, our frailty, and already has a recharge booting us up again. "Do you love me? Yes, Lord. Feed my lambs. Do you love me? Yes, Lord. Feed my sheep. Do you love me? Yes Lord. Feed my sheep." We all "Peter" out at times, but Jesus is always there to let us know He believes in us and that we still have a job to do. Amen!
Janice S Ramkissoon02/26/11
A very interesting piece that we all need to take note of. I do find this to be an issue within the church and it troubles me that it is that way. Let us help each other to grow in Christ so that we can be more Christ-like in our behaviour. Thank you Anita. God bless you. We miss you. May his loving arms surround as you rest in His presence, seeking His direction for the way forward. Lots of love and blessings. Janice