Innocent or Guilty

In their song “Guilty” the Newsboys sing,
“If serving You’s against the law of man
If living out my faith in you is banned
Then I’ll stand right before the jury

If saying I believe is out of line
If I’m judged cause I’m gonna give my life
To show the world the love that fills me
Then I want to be Guilty”

©2015 First Company Management
Paul writes as a prisoner in Roman incarceration.  Phil 1:126-17, “Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.”  Paul was found guilty.

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This leads me to ask you and me, “If Christianity were a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict us?”

  • Will my attendance at worship, Bible Classes, small groups, etc. prove your guilt of being a child of God?
  • Do clothes your choose to wear display your modest obedience to God’s will?
  • Are you living a life holy (separate) from the ways of the world? Does your lifestyle give your Christianity away?
  • Does the fact that you avoid ungodly behaviors give you away?
  • How about your compassion to others in the name of Christ?
  • Will your co-workers, neighbors, or classmates say your speech is favorable to the way of Christ?
  • Would an audit of my finances betray your faith?
  • Would my media viewing habits confirm your faith or be evident you are not a Christian?
  • Would your internet history be evident that you are a Christian?
  • Would my FB, Instagram, Tweets, Snapchat prove your guilt as a Christian?
Are you guilty of being a child of God? Would a court of law convict me?
I realize we all stand guilty or sin before Christ  and are in need or Grace. I know I am not perfect – yet – I press on, I look forward to Christ.  I want to be GUILTY!

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