The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Sean Fry
New Beginnings Baptist Church 

Pastor's Corner

What are we called to?


September 22, 2016

In America today, Christianity has gotten a bad name. Moral failings of televangelists, hateful rants from those that claim to be Christians, and quite honestly, bad behavior by some Christians (or at least neglect of others) has created a sense that Christianity is a religion of hypocrites. We claim to be followers of a good God but behave just like, if not worse, than those we claim we are better than. In the end, it is no wonder Christianity might be the latest “4-letter word.”

St. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, calls all Christians to more. In Romans 12, he describes how all Christians should act. Characteristics include loving genuinely (or honestly), abhorring evil, and contributing to the needs of others. Taken in isolation, one might conclude that this is just more hypocrisy; behaving good while thinking bad. Certainly it is possible to take a list of behaviors like this and build a model of practices that mask hate, anger, and jealousy rather than addressing and eliminating them. But to do so would be incorrect.

In Romans, chapters 3 through 8, Paul describes how we are to believe and think as Christians. He calls us to set aside the old ways of thinking and to be renewed in our mind. This should then cause the Christian to commit actions consistent with Romans 12. As such, our actions should be driven by our thinking, not contrary to it.

For those that don’t share our faith in Jesus I ask you to hold us accountable. If we claim to follow Christ but act contrary to that claim, point it out. You may be the only one with the courage to take us to task for failing to live up to our calling as followers of the Good God.

New Beginnings Baptist Church meets in the banquet room of the Breeze Inn on Sundays, 10:30 a.m. for services and fellowship.


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