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Part of being a believer, I think, is believing that words and ideas matter. Now I know most people *think* they believe that anyway. I mean, we have a reason for everything we do. But when we scratch beneath the surface of our motives we find that we usually *do* things that come naturally, or are convenient, and then come up with the reasons for them afterward… So with Bible minded Christians, it’s common to see people doing whatever comes natural for them, and then search Scripture to justify it… This is why one can be a “Jesus follower” and not believe in forgiving people, or find themselves living for money and fame and comfort…it’s the reason why Christians in the South believed the Bible defended slavery and believers in the North believed that it supported Abolition. The braver thing, the harder thing, the thing that Jesus calls us to is to agree on the idea first…and then fight to live it. So, question: what do you live for?
I don’t know if Christians have to do this better than anyone else… Sin is what makes us inconsistent. Sin is what pushes us to the wide road that’s easy, instead of the narrow road that requires following a path closely. And we all have it, believers and non-believers. So I think a non-believer can be more principled (more guided by true ideas rather than doing what’s easy) than a believer… But believers have an advantage that should make this easier…
Believers love to repent. And repenting makes staying on track easier. Or at least, it makes getting back on track something we can do more quickly… Also, it makes it easier to admit when we get off track.