By P Chong Sun. 10 October 2010
Over the years, I have observed church-goers both in Malaysia & Australia without any clear line of demarcation. People are the same, to say the least, the world over, whether they are Christians or otherwise.
Generally, they fall into one or two categories as below:
1. Those who go largely to socialise – to be seen & see.
2. They have preference only to be associated with a church where the rich & famous worship.
3. They seek out & clamour for personal recognition & awards.
4. The young are mainly looking for excitement.
The truth is, going to church every Sunday does not make one a Christian. It’s the heart that matters. As a good Christian, you are seen to be practising every aspect of Christianity . . . be Christ personified. Grace within grace without. Inward grace outward grace . . . inward disgrace outward disgrace. Nothing can ever be concealed.
The whole crux of the matter is your attitude & how you perceive about things. To elucidate this vital point, here’s a little illustration:
A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon. Four worms were placed into four separate jars. The first worm was put into a container of alcohol. The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke. The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup. The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.
At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:
Fourth worm in good clean soil – Alive.
So the Minister asked the congregation – What did you learn from this demonstration?
Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said, ‘As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won’t have worms!’
As long as you DO Not drink, smoke or eat chocolate, you will be much healthier and possibly live much longer.