Topic: Character:

Author: John Lauer

Text: Matthew 5:16

When I was younger, most of the adults having contact with me would say; “he is a character”!  What I did not comprehend at that time was being a character was not the same as having character.  Further in life I learned the difference between moral character and Christian character.   The difference lies in who you perceive to be the judge of your actions; an ever changing society or an unchanging God.

The crowning proof of why society never makes for a good character references was never more clearly brought home when a standing President stood before a court of law and stated: “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is”.  This subtle difference between present and past tense was his defense from the accusation of lying under oath, while ignoring the reality of the accusation.

Today, we find the Christian character under assault; Biblical precepts have been morphed by the creative writings of societies’ moral absolutes.  Societies ‘cut and paste’ approach to Biblical teachings allows for verbal victory over Christians who are weak in their understandings of Scripture.  This is why we, as Christians, need to avail ourselves to a daily reading of the Bible. We should not wait for knowledge to be bestowed on us on only one day a week.  As Christians, we should commit to strengthen our character through daily Biblical study and avail ourselves to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works And glorify you Father in heaven”.  – Matthew 5:16

The light emanating from a Christian walk is not manmade; it is of the Holy Spirit. We can improve its visibility every time we chose to give the Glory to our Lord and Savior rather than ourselves.  Taking individual credit for our deeds can begin an incremental side toward the humanism that much of today’s society has found itself mired.  Humanism is nothing more than a walk for self and reinforced by accolades.  And accolades are a doubled edged sword:   They make the person feel good in the moment, while at the same time these accolades create an addictive avenue of control over the praised individual.  Praise can have its place within Christianity, but it is important that we as Christians understand from where our abilities are derived.  Giving credit to the Holy Spirit is our shield against today’s humanism.