I believe in God.
But do I REALLY believe in God? To believe in God means to believe in every part of Him: His blessings and reward. His wrath and His judgment. It is impossible to really believe in God without accepting that He is without compromise exactly who He says He is.
The depth of our belief in God can be told simply by looking at how closely we really live by His commands.
If we really believe in God, we must really believe that He hates sin, the condoning of sin, and the tolerance of sin. Doing it, watching it, or listening to it shows we are not believing that God really hates it. We are in essence believing that there will be no consequences .
When God says He hates something, for us to do it or condone it says that WE believe it’s ok. Therefore, our belief in God at that moment is, really, non-existent.
Our sin shows a lack of belief. Our sin says we don’t believe that what God says is sin - is really sin.
“If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar
and His word is not in us.”
(1 John 1:10)
Believers in Christ must take sin seriously. If we don’t, then we are not really believing in God as we say we do. God wants holiness, righteousness, and purity in our lives. By living in or condoning sin, we are not believing that God is the hater of all wickedness, and we are not believing that He will punish sin. We are making out God to be a liar.
If we really believed in God, we would know the horror of sin and we would eradicate it from our lives at all cost.
Please understand that I am not saying that when we sin we are not Christians. I do not believe that genuine Christian can lose their salvation (touchy topic, I know), and neither do I believe that Christians do not sin. What I am saying is our sin reflects how deep-seeded our belief in God really is.
And living with compromise shows that we don’t take God’s word to us seriously. Condoning anything that God hates shows that we don’t really believe in Him as firmly as we think we do. If we really believe with all our hearts in the existence and Lordship of God, we will see the travesty of sin and do everything we can to stay as far away as we can.
Movies, music, and our choices of entertainment are a dead-give-away as to the level of our belief. The clothes we wear, speaking to women, show where our belief-systems are - God's standards of holiness, purity, and modesty or our own belief in gaining attention? The way we treat people, our attitudes, the things we think about in the privacy of our own imagination - all road-signs to where we place our belief.
Lets ask ourselves: do we really believe in God? And do our lifestyles and mindsets clearly reflect that?
"As obedience children, to not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written
'You shall be holy, for I am holy.' "
(1 Peter 1:15-16)