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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Should I be dishonest?!

The heading is a serious question.  I have discovered something of a moral dilemma.  You see, I find that when I post something that refers to, for example, 'homophobia', or someone like, for example, Richard Dawkins, then the number of people who access my blog increases - sometimes quite dramatically.  This, I know, is because I add these names as 'labels', and Search Engines kindly direct those who are looking for them to my blog - among many other web-sites.

So I have this dilemma.  Should I take advantage of this situation by posting items that are fully Gospel-orientated; that promote those issues that are of particular importance to me; but that have no reference at all to either Mr Dawkins, 'homophobia', or any other 'magnetic' label - and then use such labels merely in order to increase the number of visitors?!

Of course, the answer is simple.  Unlike Oscar Wilde, who is reported to have said "I can resist anything, except temptation", I have God the Holy Spirit indwelling me, providing me with that very strength to resist any temptation that the devil places in my way.  Of course, as a mortal being, still living in my sinful body, I often fail to resist successfully.  Indeed, if I am honest, I sometimes don't even try very hard to resist.  However, the message of the Christian Gospel is "... that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." (I Tim 1:15).  It is a message that assures me that "...  the blood of Jesus ... cleanses us from all sin." (I John 1:7).  It is a message that encourages me that "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (I John 1:9).

What is required of me - and of you - is that we accept our own inability to deal with our sinful natures; admit that Jesus, has dealt with them on the cross; come to Him, in faith and repentance, for the full salvation that He offers; and share with others what we have done.

It's that simple - and that profound!  And, as you come to Him, "... the Pioneer and Perfecter of our faith," (Heb. 12:2) you will begin a new life - as if you had been 'born again' (see John 3:16) - that will be the very life of Almighty God manifesting itself in you.  That will not be just life, it will be "life in all its fulness" (Jn.10:10).

Well, as I have already made mention of two particular 'topics', I may legitimately add them to the labels for this post.  I trust that no-one will be upset to discover the somewhat tenuous link.  I trust, even more, that someone may read the post, and come to the Saviour, Whom to know is life eternal.

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