“Before most unbelievers accept the Bible as credible they want to know that we are credible.”
I told myself, “that is so true, we are to be a light in a dark world”. But then I started to think about that a little bit. Sometimes, I believe, both Christians and non believers alike forget the human element in our walk with Christ. What do I mean by human element you ask? Well I’ll give you Major League Baseball for example. Referees are the human element in the games they preside over. Bud Selig, the commissioner, is not a fan of instant replay because he likes the imperfection of game calling. The ability to make a mistake lies within our everyday lives and professions. Doctors still “practice” medicine even after years of study and to me, sometimes they guess more than a referee.
So the human element is basically as Alexander Pope wrote “To err is human…” And we all err.
Non Christians think that believers in Christ or any other faith for that matter should be perfect in representing themselves at all times. But there was only one perfect man in our faith and that was Christ himself. Does that give Christians the liberty to do as they please and just live any kind of way? Absolutely not. Flip the coin and you have Christians that judge each other and themselves not by the grace given by our Heavenly Father, but by the mistakes they make…also wrong.
I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live – Deuteronomy 30:19 (amp)
God has given us, believer and non believer alike, something unique to His creations. Choice. We can choose to serve Him or not, to do right or wrong, to walk into His perfection or maturing (Hebrews 6:1) or not. And in that choice we will make mistakes…we will have the human element.
The Bible is credible whether we live it or not. But yes we need to live a life of credibility in our walk with Christ that shows our imperfections and the grace that is given to us to continue to mature in our journey.
To complete Alexander Pope’s quote…“to forgive, divine. ” And that is the key to God’s grace and our growth in Him. He forgave you…pay it foreward.