The teachings of Jesus Christ in the Bible are supposed to serve as guidelines for how modern Christians carry out their day-to-day lives, but it seems that many have lost their way or practice the opposite of what the Bible preaches. The world today becomes increasingly complicated and painful for many to live in, and as Christians, there is one thing you’re supposed to do, which is remain true to the Bible. That mission becomes tainted, however, when we don’t act as Jesus would have in our modern situations. While the times are different, the central message remains the same. Christians today should reflect upon these ways that they don’t act in the way Jesus would have to change their bad habits and keep on the path of God.
It seems as though there’s always a new case of a pastor going beyond the church and against Gods teachings, either acting in greed or sin. Pastors of high caliber and that are well-known across U.S. mega-churches have succumbed to this behavior, showing us that no one is immune to sin and we all need to work at practicing humility. Some pastors have been caught purchasing their own books to become a New York Times bestselling author, while others used their and others have engaged in unethical practices like holding baptisms that involved planned psychological manipulation to solicit audience participation, all while building a 16,000 square foot home.
It seems many modern Christians need saving all over again.
Modern Christians need to revisit the Bible, perhaps in the books of Matthew or John, and recall the acts of service that Jesus did. Jesus was known to perform any tasks that would help and service others, including those left to servants, such as washing feet. One thing Christians of today need to keep in mind is if their life is characterized by a servant’s heart; do you desire to help others and serve the best way possible? For every human being and not only those you deem worthy despite your differences?
One of the biggest lessons we could learn from Jesus is sacrifice. He performed the ultimate sacrifice and gave up his life for humans, for our sins, and for the world. When was the last time you sacrificed something for someone else, in return for nothing? Humans are selfish creatures, and Christians are no different. To give up something for God, for a friend, or for someone you don’t even know is the best thing any modern Christian can do to follow the grace and glory of God.
Help the Poor
As Christians, we must remember those that are less fortunate than we are and always do something to help them. In Matthew 25:34-40, Jesus tells us that we must feed those who are hungry, give clothing to those who need it, provide shelter for those who have none, and also visit the sick and comfort those who are in prison. When you see someone on the street don’t bring them down by ignoring them, instead, help with what you can and advocate for more shelters for the homeless.
Go Against Politics
One issue that divides Americans more than ever s partisan politics, and Christians are the biggest proponents of this divide with their extremist ways. Yet if Jesus were alive today, he would condemn these partisan politics and not join in the dissent and factionalism between Republicans and Democrats. He would not hate others just because they identify with a different party, and instead, would stand with the poor and those who are persecuted.
Not Speak of Others
While it’s okay to speak on the issues of others by sharing a prayer request, we should not hang them out to dry and only lift them up in prayer. In Ephesians 4:29, it states “Do 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.”
The most important thing as a follower of Christ is to be secure in His love, and to have no worries because you know you are loved and protected. Jesus says to not worry about your life, what you eat or drink, your body or what you wear. Instead, you should put faith and trust in God and live your life without worry.