Supermodel Kathy Ireland is a recent addition to the online ministry, “I am Second.” The site features Christians (mostly celebrities) and their personal testimonies.
Ireland discusses how she thought she was a Christian before she became a true Christian. But even after acknowledging her faith, she realized that she wasn’t living a life that followed the Word. Instead, she manipulated it to fit her needs.
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But I regret that I remained such a baby Christian for so long. I would continue to read the Word, but I would just read the same passages over and over. And there were other verses that I would come across that I thought, surely there must be a typo or they didn’t pertain to me (Kathy Ireland).
My understanding of Ireland’s admittance is that she wanted to be a better Christian, but in order to do so, she had to manipulate the Word or ignore it, or assume that it just didn’t pertain to her. Why? Because doing so was likely easier than changing her lifestyle in order to meet God’s Word.
Yeah, if you asked me I was a Christian. He was in my life. I loved Him. I had Him. But I was trying to mold God into what I wanted Him to be, rather than allowing Him to mold me into the person He made me to be (Kathy Ireland).
This realization got me thinking. I found this to be a profound admittance. Not simply because it’s the wrong way to live the Word, nor because it’s the easy route, but because I wondered how many people do that–including myself.
How often do we twist God’s Word, set it aside or ignore it? Whether it’s in the way we talk, treat others, dress or select our media. Christ calls us to glorify God in everything that we do. Everything!
Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Do we glorify God in everything that we do?
We are all sinners. We do make mistakes. God will forgive us. But that doesn’t mean that we should knowingly sin. What I mean is that if we are aware of what the Bible says about a certain action, we shouldn’t disregard it with excuses as to why that teaching is not relevant to our lives.
Here’s an example. Often, I get comments on a post from ladies who approve of a bad action because they do it. “It’s okay to dress sexy, I do it. Live a little. God loves us no matter what.” Well scripture talks about modesty. It talks about lust being a sin. These teachings are clear, but the desire to dress inappropriately, look sexy, feel sexy, and attract attention seem to trump the desire to follow Christ’s teaching.
If you feel this way, are you not, in essence, molding God’s Word to meet your personal standards? Aren’t you willingly acknowledging the power of God’s love and forgiveness, but ignoring the teachings on modesty and lust? Basically, you’re admitting that your opinion is more important or that God loves us so much so He won’t mind. But the Bible is the authority on Christ’s Word, and God’s not a pushover.
It’s not easy being a Christian, especially when you’re transitioning your life. You do have to give up certain habits, change your priorities and sometimes set aside your desires. You have to work at living the Gospel–it doesn’t come naturally for most people. Striving to live the Gospel and failing now and again is one thing, but opting to mold God’s Word to meet your needs is a habit we all need to give up.
PI ladies, do you find yourself molding God and His word to fit into your lifestyle?