When Your Christianity Is Punched In The Gut

Punched in the gut.

That’s how I felt recently when I discovered that my favorite Christian music artist had written and performed highly inappropriate song and posted it on YouTube.

I can’t describe how I felt.

In recent years, many other Christians have fallen from the respect I had for them. I know that you are supposed to look to God and not man but it still stings all the same.

I do the only thing I know to do – I write about it.

We have endured a crazy four years where we have all been divided. People have picked their sides. Preachers, prophets and singers have showed us their political endorsements over the past year which have further divided believers.

People will disappoint you. What do you do?

Regroup and remind yourself to look to God and not man.

The Bible tells us this.

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” (Psalm 118:8)

Here’s something that is hard to admit to ourselves. We have disappointed others ourselves at some point in our lives too.

Ouch! That’s difficult to admit.

The fact is that we are all human. We fail.

When people disappoint us we have to hit the reset button. Renew our minds and re-examine our expectations of people.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

If we were completely honest with ourselves, it is easier for us to put our faith in people than God because we can’t see God or relate to Him like we do everyone else. It really makes it difficult for us to follow someone we can’t see or someone who doesn’t talk to us. I’m just being honest. That’s why we get drawn into putting our faith in people.

We get lazy. It takes some serious spiritual discipline and work to keep our focus on God. Maintaining a relationship with Him takes work. It sure would make things easier if God related to us like we do others. It is what it is.

It’s still okay to have people who you respect but we have to be careful that our respect doesn’t distract our focus from God. Don’t allow people to be a surrogate for your own personal relationship with God.

The punch in my gut will eventually go away as it served its purpose as a personal spiritual wake up call. Focus on the message more than the messenger.