Are You Causing Any Trouble?
by Bill Muehlenberg
This is not a rhetorical question. Are you causing any trouble? If not, why not? And I am asking this question of Christians. You see, when you read your Bible, or study church history, one thing stands out crystal clear: the true follower of Jesus Christ will cause trouble. At least he or she will be regarded as a troublemaker.
Given that those in the world who do not know God are hostile to Him and His people, this should come as no surprise. Indeed, the Bible makes it very clear as to the condition of those who are not yet right with God through Christ. According to Jesus and Paul, those who still live as unrepentant sinners are:
-spiritually sick (Luke 5:31-32)
-rebellious children (Luke 15:11-32)
-lost (Luke 19:10)
-slaves to sin (Romans 6:22)
-spiritually blind (2 Corinthians 4:4-6)
-God’s enemies (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
And that’s just for starters. Those who are at enmity with God will of course not take too kindly to his people, and their message of the need for repentance and getting right with God. They in fact will reject it and become quite hostile to it. We see this all throughout the New Testament and in church history.
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Jesus himself was the most loving and gracious man who ever lived, yet he continuously upset people, caused a commotion, and appeared to be a trouble maker. Indeed, he provoked so much hostility and opposition that he was eventually crucified for his efforts.
Simply read about how the early church got along as it spread the good news of Jesus Christ. All over the book of Acts we find them cheesing off people and getting into all sorts of trouble. They caused such a ruckus that as it says in Acts 17:6: these men “have turned the world upside down” (KJV).
Now that is making an impact alright. Yet we have churches filled with folks today who say we should never rock the boat, never create waves, never offend anyone, and never cause any trouble…
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