Today, I watched a Youtube video where the Youtuber called “The Vigiliant Christian” claims that Lecrae has backslid-den all because he never claimed openly to be a “Christian Rapper” verbally speaking, simply because he referred himself to be a “rap artist” at the BET Awards show. You can check out the video by clicking here .
Honestly, as I watched the video I thought to myself, that it’s very easy to point fingers at people (particularly those that have influence with the masses) for straying from the path simply because they are popular and have Charisma. Just because a person is popular, doesn’t mean that they are immune from being enticed to stray from the path of being a true Christ-follower. The thing is, it’s easy to be sitting on the bench pointing the finger at those that have influence and holding them to a higher standard than others simply because they have charisma to influence the masses but the thing is, they are just people too. It’s not something new to see an influential Christian fall or backslide at the peak of their Charisma.
As Christians, are we simply forgetful of the fact that just because someone rises filled with the fire of faith in the beginning of their walk, doesn’t mean that the devil has forgotten such a person and waits at the opportune time to strike such a believer when they least expect it.
Just imagine: a peaceful city as symbolic of the state and nature of a “True Christian” individual. Then imagine that this city is being bombarded with missiles of various temptations, lusts, and vain imaginations that start to ravage that beautiful and peaceful city with bombs and fires that destroy the foundations of faith that built such a beautiful city in the first place. Now the state of the city is compromised and is in a worse off state because there was no arsenal present to withstand the attacks from outside forces (Temptations). If the city had had a protective air strike-force (Faith & Self-control) to counter-attack the invading missiles and bombs from enemy lines that were destroying the city, there would have been less damage and fewer casualties. The City would have been able to repair any breach.
Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
We must be mindful of the fact that no matter how Charismatic and/or influential a Christian can be, they are not immune from sin. They are not immune to deception, they are not immune from falling back into their weaknesses, they are not immune from succumbing to Worldly pressures that seek to compromise their belief system. Nobody is immune to such attacks that are geared to cause one to fall away from their first love, Jesus Christ. I mean, look at Peter who was a follower of Jesus; He denied knowing who Christ was three times even though he was one of the closest disciples of Jesus. This just goes to show you that it is irrelevant how close you are in your relationship with God because you are still not immune from denying your relationship with Him in the first place given the right circumstances. We cannot be presumptuous and assume that we will always walk in a straight line simply because we are “believers”.
Jude 1:16 – These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.
Greeting to the Called
1 Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,
To those who are called, sanctified[a] by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ:
2 Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.
Contend for the Faith
3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God[b] and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Old and New Apostates
5 But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; 7 as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
8 Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
Apostates Depraved and Doomed
12 These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about[c] by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 17 But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 18 how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. 19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
Maintain Your Life with God
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Glory to God
24 Now to Him who is able to keep you[f] from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
25 To God our Savior,[g]
Who alone is wise,[h]
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,[i]
Both now and forever.
The Devil is a wicked and crafty foe, that you simply cannot underestimate what he can do to cause you or anyone for that matter to fall away from God. We should operate with a level of grace and not be too judgmental when we see influential Christians fall from grace. In fact, I think our reactions to such things we witness should rather be an opportunity to exercise this wonderful thing called GRACE! We should no longer be surprised when we see people fall from grace. In fact, I think this is a time where we as Christians should practice and operate with the spirit of compassion rather than point fingers and condemn our brothers and sisters that fall because of some weakness. Even in the height of worldly elevation, we cannot presume nor assume that simply just because you are a “Christian” doesn’t mean that you cannot and will never at all fall from grace. Peter’s 3-time-denial of Jesus proved that it is possible to fall and deny Jesus at anytime no matter how close of a relationship you think you have with Him right now. Therefore, I think the best response to witnessing to someone straying from the path no matter how influential they may appear to be in your eyes, isn’t to simply call them out on their sin; but as Christians we need to exercise the spirit of compassion and pray for the individual and offer to counsel them back on the right road with a spirit of love and not condemnation. Sometimes we can get too wrapped up in a Christian’s status quo regarding their level of influence that we tend to forget that they too are sinners who have fallen short of the glory of God. They are not super humans just because some people are popular and charismatic. They are simply just human and we should not forget that.
Who ever said being a Christian was easy is a liar. In NO way is being a Christian easy whatsoever!
Down below, I have placed some scriptures for you to meditate on for today as my focus is on building on the spirit of Compassion that is able to edify the Body of Christ. I pray that as Christians, we exercise Grace, Humility and Love towards anyone struggling to stay on the right path with God no matter who they are. It doesn’t matter if the person is well known, influential or someone we hold in high regard; we can’t be a people that points at other people’s specks in their eyes when the possibility remains that we may have a huge plank in our own eyes. We must be careful to judge others unjustly and operate in the realm of compassion at all times, in Jesus’ Name, Amen! 😀
[ Do Not Judge ] “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
God Bless You Everybody! 😀
Scriptures to Meditate
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,