Throwback Thursday #9

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From my Myspace in 2009 (and then posted again on my Tumblr in December of 2011).

This goes out to all the so-called Christians out there:

A post I wrote in 2009:

mmk, well, i was going to take bits and pieces from these verses, but i couldn’t take any out. all of it together is just so incredibly important to our daily lives. and it’s been in my heart a lot lately. i know it’s a lot. but i would like to encourage you to read it all. if not on here, in your Bible, it’s Ephesians 4:17 – 5:20. I’ve bolded and italicized the verses that i underlined in my Bible.

4:17So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.

20You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. 21Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

25Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26”In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold.28He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

5:1Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

3But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7Therefore do not be partners with them.

8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10and find out what pleases the Lord. 11Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.13But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:
”Wake up, O sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

I often wonder
if more people knew of this passage,
if those people read and understood it,
would it take effect in their lives?
or would people go on living as the Gentiles?

sometimes i want to shout this entire passage
to a huge group of people, “Christians”.
hoping lives would be changed.
lives and lifestyles.

would we look at our lives,
at ourselves, examining our hearts?
or would we look at others?
or would we ignore the commands?

“Be imitators of Christ”
not “try your best to be…”
be imitators…”

i wonder if we’d step back
remembering the stupid dirty jokes
we talk about with our groups of friends.
or would we assume it didn’t apply to us?
since we’re “Christians” anyway.

i wonder if we’d remember
all that rude stuff we said the other day
about the girl we don’t like.
or would we assume it didn’t apply to us?
since we’re “Christians” anyway.

James in chapter 2 says that
faith without works is dead
“You believe there is one God. Good!
Even the demons believe that – and shudder”

is your faith dead?
or are you an imitator of Christ?

Jan 2, 2009

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