Encounters with God
I was in Atlanta today and decided to go to the mall since there really aren’t many good ones where I live. Anyway, I walked past a display in the were middle of the mall and there where all these Christian t-shirts. They were making a play on themes such as MySpace, YouTube, ITunes, Abercrombie and Fitch, The Army , Reeses, Starbucks, etc. My concern is that we have reduced Christianity to cliches and advertisements on t-shirts. While I have no objections to the t-shirts, I am afraid that we have forgotten what is holy and reverent. Are we really getting across the true message of Christianity? There are so many people banking their eternity on the fact that at some point in their life, they prayed a prayer. While salvation can be that simple, it is more than just praying a prayer. After we pray a pray a prayer of forgiveness, we must then walk out our faith. The book of James is very clear about all this. When someone truly has an encounter with God, it is a life changing experience. When Moses encountered God in the burning bush, he became the leader of Israel that led them out of Egypt. When he encountered God on Mt. Sinai, he came down with the Ten Commandments. There are countless numbers of people who had encounters with God and their lives were changed. Have our lives been changed by our encounters with God? Have we had an encounter with God that was life changing? It is time that we walk out our faith and let our encounters with God change our lives.