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Topic: Charade (08/14/08)
TITLE: To Be Or Not To Be
By Anita Johnson
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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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