The Company You Keep

It is a fact that people tend to judge you by the company you keep. In other words, if you hang out with trouble-makers, people will probably label you a trouble-maker too. Is it fair?; probably not! But that's how it is.
My post today doesn't concern watching who we hang out with, although that would certainly be worthwhile. This post concerns those who call themselves "Christian" and then live any old lifestyle they want. They say that they pray and hang out with Jesus and they eagerly associate themselves with him, but don't live as he said to live. Jesus once said "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord' and do not do what I say?"! If you don't obey him, why do you call yourself his?
People who are not believers in Christ are judging Jesus by the lives of those who call themselves by his name. Talk about not being fair! Maybe they don't realize it, but they are defaming his name and one day they will have to answer to him for it. I believe they will also be held accountable for the blood of anyone who decided against trusting Jesus because of what they saw these people doing! People are watching us every day to see if we have what they are looking for, or if we are just hypocrites.
None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. But when we do, we need to make it right with God quickly. We need to ask him to help us reflect his image better and carry his name with honor.

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