The Spirit in You

I got this photo over at Mike’s America. He is asking the question: why is it that when a lib, like Hillary, displays a cross, the libs don’t get upset?He is tackling the issue from a political standpoint, and I would like to attack it from a theological standpoint. But check out his site.The reason that such a display of religion is not bothersome to the libs is because it is a false display. Libs hate George Bush because he truly is a Christian. For Hillary, it is all show and no substance. Liberal Christians have no true power in them, as true believers do, because they are not indwelt with the Holy Spirit. Therefore when Bush acts in a manner that is consistent with his beliefs, it angers the libs. When Hillary does the same thing, it doesn’t bother them, because they know it is only for show.

Let me back up and explain that when a person, politics aside, comes to know Christ in a true sense and is converted, born again, baptized with Christ, etc, they are indwelt with the Holy Spirit. Two things will then happen to that person. The first, and what I advocate, is that the new believer will long for God’s word and will come under the discipleship of a true church, thereby growing in faith, and becoming more and more Christlike. Sin, for the converted, is heinous, and the true believer will not embrace it, but turn away from it. This is why so much of liberal Christianity is false, they embrace sin and seek to understand it, instead of turning away from it.

If the newly converted does not fall in line with Christ and His church, then the other option is that God will take that believer home. He may leave the believer in that state of rebellion for a while, but either the believer will turn away from his sin, or be severly disciplined by the Father.

But the point is that when someone comes to know Christ, they will be indwelt with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit in them will convict others of their sin and need for repentance. Paul puts it this way: For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma fo life leading to life.

This is a result of the Holy Spirit dwelling in the believer. That is why when a person like Hillary, makes all these religious motions for the camera, the non-believing libs don’t get mad. Why? Because the Holy Spirit is not indwelling in her to convict anyone of their unrighteousness. However, when Bush does the same thing, the unbeliever is enraged because the Spirit is dwelling in Bush, convicting the unbeliever of his sin and wretchedness. This does not mean that Bush is perfect, or any other Christian. What it means is that Bush is being used by the Holy Spirit to convict those unbelievers of their sin. The same is true for any believer, not just Bush.

For instance, when I say that only Christians are going to heaven because of the righteousness of Christ, it enrages the unbeliever and they shout that this is not true. And they would be right if it were just me saying those things. But because of God’s Spirit dwelling in me, the words ring true even for the unbeliever, and he doesn’t like it. He wants nothing to do with anything that will convict him of his wretchedness before God. So he shouts me down. It matters not.

What matters is that the Holy Spirit continues on in His roll of convicting unbelievers and He uses men like Bush and me, and even you if you are truly indwelt with the Holy Spirit. All you have to do is stand for righteousness sake, and the unbelievers will scream bloody murder. It’s not you, but the Spirit in you. Therefore, are you standing for righteousness today? Or are you busy trying to make yourself look like the unbelieving generation that we live among? One leads to life, the other to death. Let us stand for the righteousness that leads to life.