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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WHAT OUR EXAMPLE CAN DO.


Mahatma Gandhi, (1869-1948) who liberated thousands of people in India and Africa...rejected "Christianity" and Jesus Christ, because of the examples of some of those who called themselves Christians. He became acquainted with and attended services with some who claimed to be Christians,  and he became interested in Christianity....but in the assembly, he saw some sleeping and/or not paying much attention to what was being taught. It turned him against Christianity because he saw no real commitment. If this man Jesus, had sacrificed Himself for them, surely they would have been more committed and reverent to Him. 
 
The Bible warns us about causing people to stumble:   Matthew 18:7   "Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!"
 
So...Gandhi continued the way he was going....and sought after self-purification and rejected the blood of our Saviour. What if he had learned the truth and obeyed the gospel?   What did the world lose because of some bad examples? We, in the church of our Lord, need to be mindful of how we are appearing to others. We don't know who we will turn away... who could have been an asset in the cause that we claim to live for.    -Edna L. Ingram