The term ‘Bad Christian’ is just offensive. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves.

It certainly IS offensive.  Think about it.  Jesus, who was fully God, had to die for my sins.  Think of it this way.  We are dudes on death row.  The jury miraculously grants us complete acquittal.  We are free men, offered the most amazing amount of grace, and yet we wake up the next morning whining about the weather, worried about money, disappointed about the Green Bay Packer loss, annoyed with our wives for not getting milk the previous day so we can indulge in junk cereal, and take second looks at married women who don’t belong to us.  Yeah, you are right.  That’s pretty offensive.

The dude that died next to Jesus.

This guy was being crucified for committing murderous crime.  He was never able to “redeem himself,” make things right, or live a fruitful life that people could celebrate and esteem.  But Jesus said “Today you’ll be with me in paradise.”  What did that mean?   It meant that Jesus had perfected Him.  He was no longer declared “sinful,”  but righteous.

Here’s the million dollar question.  When was this guy no longer a “bad guy?”  When did he show the whole world that he was no longer bad?  You think about that for a second……………………………………………………………………..ok.  times up.

Now, let me tell you this.  No matter how many times you’ve read your bible, no matter how deep of an understanding you have of it, no matter how high you are esteemed at church or at your job or at the bar, no matter how many times you’ve pointed out others’ sin, no matter how many mission trips you’ve been on or how “missional” you are in your neighborhood; you have never been more righteous than the criminal who died next to Jesus.  And He did NONE of this stuff.

For those who have put their faith in Jesus, you’ve also never been less righteous.  Both of your righteousness has solely been dependent upon the finished work of Jesus.  At the very second of Jesus’ declaration over this man, his record of wrongs was no longer taken into account.

You and I both sin.  We both sin every day.  We have the power of Jesus that could keep us from doing so and yet we still choose to sin.  If this isn’t a description of a “bad Christian,” I don’t know what one is.

It’s so crazy how quickly we forget the truth of the gospel.  We aren’t good people.  If we were, we could save ourselves.

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