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Everybody Does It December 26, 2006

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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Everybody does it.  But don’t use that as an excuse.  For a long time whenever I thought about discussing the Gospel with people this thought occurred to me: Who am I to tell anyone to change and follow God?  I’m as bad as anybody and probably worse than many, so why should anyone listen to me?  Finally though as time went on and I realized how many do not acknowledge the simple truth, I decided not to use that as an excuse and do what I can to help.  When it comes to not following God’s simple truth (believe His promise follow His instruction):  Everybody does it, but don’t use that as an excuse. 

We should each try to do better, first in the understanding, then in the doing.  Always keeping in mind that one thing we all have in common is that we all need to do better in understanding and following God’s word.  I’ve taken a lot of heat from friends and family for opening up my mouth about this.  So besides anything I was already doing to offend people there is now an additional offense.  But friends and family should not use this as an excuse.  They should not let the failings of the messenger obscure the message.  They should look past me and see God’s eternal yet simple truth and decide to follow it.

Those who are religious yet fail to let go of their own traditions and false teachings that have been passed on to them from previous generations need to see this also.  Everybody does it.  But don’t use that as an excuse.  Everyone of us has some sort of tradition or false understanding that stands between each of us and the truth.  These cultural artifacts prevent us from first understanding and then doing the simple things God requires of us.  Religion should not be an obstacle but so often it is.  Each of us needs to do what we can to counter this universal trend.

Many people see themselves as generally good and therefore really have no need for putting an awful lot of effort into this specific study of God’s word.  But once again, everybody does it.  We should not let our satisfaction in our own good works deceive us into thinking that we do not need to make a specific effort.  The message of the Gospel never is: “You people are doing just fine, keep up the good work”.  We all have faults we need to correct.  We all have thoughts and heartfelt beliefs that separate us from God.  We all need to make a specific effort to draw nearer to God.   Just because when it comes to wandering away from God, everybody does it we should not use that as an excuse to continue the trend.

God understands what we need and God has not made it difficult for us.  We make it difficult sometimes by clinging to useless ideas and following the crowd this way and that.  Let’s each make an effort to latch onto to something solid.  Let’s all do our very best to turn away from these natural tendencies that separate us from God and from each other.  We are all in this together, we are all connected.  Even if we do not always see the connections.  Even if we do not want to acknowledge our connection to some of the less favorable aspects of humanity, we are all connected.  We all need to see ourselves as sheep that have gone astray and make every effort to get back into the fold. Cliche yes, but it’s a cliche because everybody does it.  But don’t use that as an excuse.    

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