Luke Harris, pastor, Crossroads Community Church
I suppose that there is a silent assumption in our culture. Simply put, it manifests itself in the phrase, “if I can laugh at it, then it will become okay”. Call it complacency, call it tolerance, call it what you will but the fact remains with this phrase in place our society continues to spiral down a toilet of morality. I submit to you that as Christians, if we are truly that, we are called to live a life that is guided by a higher standard. I am not saying that we need to be stuffy legalists who condemn everything. I will be the first to tell you I am adamantly opposed to the legalistic mindset of dogmatic Christians who would rather tell you what commands you are breaking than tell you about Christ. I am not saying that we are better than other people. What I am saying is that if we profess a knowledge and relationship with Christ, then that should be reflective in our lives. There is a place for humor, there is a place for joy, there is a place for righteous anger, there is a place for every emotion under the sun, but I do feel convicted that we need to approach our relationship to Christ the same way we would approach the very throne of God.
Paul writes to the church at Philippi, “And now, brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Phil. 4:8). Recently I attended an event at the High School as part of homecoming week. This was my first exposure to this event wherein some of the high school guys dress up like gals and compete for the title Misster Chickasha. I understand esprit de corps, I’m military. I understand cultural connectivity, we want to connect with people, but I don’t understand how we could have landed so far from what Paul told us to think on! Truly I sat in disbelief as the contestants one after the other flooded the stage with sexual innuendo and while not using inappropriate language the inappropriate intent was there. What is worse is that one local minister sat in the festivities as a judge and the majority of the students involved are professing Christians. My point is we all should have known better. I say we because I am just as guilty for being present. Again, I am not passing judgment on anyone I am just calling those of us who profess Christ and especially those who hold the title minister of the gospel to begin to contemplate how our lives are reflected. I’m all for a good laugh and I’m all for bonding, but if we laugh at the the inappropriate, it is only a matter of time before it becomes acceptable. Then the boundaries to be pushed are reset at a disturbing level.
I am simply asking you today to set your minds on Christ, think about what is true, honorable, right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable and don’t give the devil a foothold whereby the believer looks no different than the unbeliever and Christ is obscured in a fog of “just for laughs”. We are called to be holy because He is holy, that means set apart, living by a different standard. Let’s get to work obeying that command. I know I need to.
Luke Harris is the pastor of Crossroads Community Church currently meeting in the cafeteria of Grand Avenue School located at 1415 Grand Avenue. We would love to have you join us this Sunday morning for Sunday School at 9:45 AM and Worship at 10:45 AM. Check out past sermons on the web at www.chickashacrossroads.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.