For non-believers in the world, the greatest argument against the Christian life is the regular hypocrisy among Christians. Of course, we are not perfect people, and the Christian life is certainly one of struggle.
I have listened to many sermons over the years, and like many, I have my favorite pastors that I like to listen to on the radio or online. A trap that we may encounter is trying to find that one sermon or that one book to really help us to learn what we need to know to be a good Christian in this world.
We all love a good story and the best stories are epic battles between good and evil. Your typical story will be a good guy laying waste to some bad guys, then the leader of the bad guys defeats the good guy until some moral lesson is learned. The story ends when the good guy finally beats the bad guy. In our human made stories, it is generally easy to see who is good and who is bad in the story, but real life is not like the movies. In a real battle, we all think that we are the good guys and we all think that our enemy is the bad guy. Though this is a human reality of arguments, and we should seek wisdom in these matters to hopefully battle less, but that is even more imperative when we are battling with God.
In our post last week I talked about the various failing of the apostles and how those failures did not impact our Savior's love for us. I had a series of technical difficulties and though I could have included Judas's sin, I opted not to at the time, but since Judas was the motivation for the whole article, I wanted to take time today to write about him in more detail.
In my teenage years I started to listen to heavy metal music, one of my favorites being Motley Crue. At that time, I never thought about names of bands, but I later learned that motley is phrase referencing diversity but it generally has a negative connotation. I am not writing on a metal band today, but a different motley crew, the apostles.
If you are familiar with the famous DISC profile, than you may well know that a high C personality loves rules and will do everything possible to follow them. I want my accountant to be a high C personality because I know that none of the complicated IRS rules will be broken in my taxes; he will not knowingly let anything slip through the cracks in my tax preparation. To contrast this, a high D personality will justify every broken law in order to better the cause he is working for.