Monday, April 10, 2017

Kick Karma (& other ideas) to the Curb!

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Good morning, this is Topher from Washington Church of Christ bringing you a positive Message Minute.

You just gotta laugh at some of the silliness that comes out of our mouths sometimes, especially those of us who claim to be people who live by the Good Book.
  • For instance, We talk about our loved ones, getting their wings and becoming angels when they die.  Truth is, angels and wings are rarely connected and we certainly don't become angels anymore than we become camels!  Don’t even get me started on the golden ringed halo above the head!
  • We tell people two of every animal went in the ark, when it was really 7 pairs of all the clean ones. (Genesis 7:2)
  • Cleanliness is close to Godliness?  - Didn't arrive in our world until a sermon in 1778! (source here)
  • How about decorating our churches with pews, pulpits, and crosses?  Oh wait, in the New Covenant, the church isn't even a building. 
  • Then there’s Karma, the idea that if life is bad, you've done bad, if life is good, you've done good.

Folks that's about as anti-Christ as you get.  It was Jesus who said in the Sermon on the Mount, "the rain falls on the just and the unjust alike."  (Matthew 5:45)  It was His follower Paul who said, "the wages of sin is death,"  (Romans 6:23) and "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."  (Romans 3:23) Truth is folks, we deserve death and we can't do enough good deeds to deserve good in life.  The scales of Karma just don't fit with sin and God's Justice.

And that's the good news of the Gospel.  Christ came to save us and offered grace and adoption to all the lost and wayward children of the world.  We may deserve death, but Christ came with the Grace of Life as a free gift.  So, for the believer, karma is dead, and Christ reigns supreme.   I don't believe in karma, but I believe in the grace of Christ.

Today, be grateful for that unmerited favor of grace and kick Karma to the curb by sharing grace with others.  You'll be glad you did. 

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