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Frank Hay

Frank Hay

A chapel speaker chose this topic to point to the need for ministerial students to be especially careful how they lived to set the correct example for others. This example is also mandatory for Christ Followers. The term Christ Followers is expressly used in many mission fields. The term Christian is often assumed to mean American, and American is not a good term in some countries in our world. Being a Christ Follower is more explicit, and so it should be. Others see Christ in our lives or they do not.

Today we are seeing corruption all around us, in our government, churches and workplaces. In all areas of human activity, unethical, unmoral and just downright mean activity takes place. It's no wonder our world is becoming eviler by leaps and bounds.

What can be done? We hear, and it is my firm belief, that if we were to follow God's direction, it would take place. In ancient times, our scripture tells us, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven above and forgive their sins and heal their land.” (2Chronicles 7:14)

Take note that this verse addresses "my people, those called by my name." I firmly believe Christians today will feel the wrath of God for failing to truly be followers.

In Jesus' day, religion had imposed hundreds of rules and activities to follow. Jesus was asked which the greatest commandment was; He responded that there are two: (1) "Love the Lord your God with all your heart" and (2) "Love your Neighbor as yourself."

Can you honestly say you do this? We still ask, "Who is my neighbor" today.

When our political leaders are guilty and our religious leaders fail to lead in becoming a moral and loving society, what can we expect of the ordinary person. No one learns to live in a godly life without being guided (by nature we are sinful) by parents, neighbors and the supposedly grownups around us.

Dear friends, I beg you, especially those who claim to be God’s followers, where will those following you end up? I pray every day that I would not lead anyone astray. How about joining me in this prayer. Look at your life; if needed, confess and repent of the sin in your life; seek God and follow His leadership. We have the tools; let’s use them. Take note of these:

(1) Our Bible is the most read and un-read book today.

Psalm 119:11 (KJV) -- 11) "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."

Follow these words daily and often.

(2) Begin the day with prayer.

Luke 11:1 (KJV) -- 1) "And it came to pass, that as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples."

Note that Jesus prayed to His father; certainly we should also.

(3) Fellowship with believers.

Hebrews 10:25 (KJV) -- 25) "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

Find a church that preaches the Bible and join. Join means more than attending.

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J. Frank Hay Jr. is a retired Orangeburg pastor and chaplain.

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