Inappropriate content I can appreciate…
My apologies to those of you who may be offended by the contents posted here. Obviously, I don’t mean any disrespect and I normally never post things like this. It’s kind of like my stories though… while I don’t believe in using foul language on a daily basis, sometimes it can be the best way to get a point across or is what others can relate to the most.
I was taught in church that you don’t ever stoop to someone’s level in order to make a point. As an evangelist and believer, I’ve always questioned that to a certain degree though (imagine if you will, searching for a balance between being a Christian and being an undercover operative – now you have a sense of what my life’s been like.) Unless you are willing to go into the depths and darkness yourself, how do you ever expect to reach or help someone who is trapped there so they can see the light too. I think of Jesus eating with sinners on the Sabbath.
I’ve met and counseled with other agents and officers who have worked undercover as well. These are good men and women scared to death believing they might go to hell, because of things they had to do for the job. I had to do some of those same things. Someone has to do them to catch the bad guy and to protect you (the public.) It’s no different than the respect and esteem we should have for our armed forces – someone has to go to war, someone has to protect us and our children, but that doesn’t mean they are going to hell. I believe very much that God wants us to defend what is right and to protect our families. I believe He calls us to action and equips each of us with different talents and gifts in which to serve the greater good (be it without losing our souls, of course.)
Now, I have never used foul language or such examples when speaking to a business or congregation. I understand there is a professional image that needs to be portrayed depending upon who we are representing and I have always been able to do that very well. It’s not to say that I haven’t intentionally let the occasional cuss word slip when speaking in seminars, prisons or to troubled youth groups though (I thought my elders would have a heart attack the first time they accompanied me to such a place!) I’ve also not been afraid to go there with leaders either if need be. I think it’s more about respect, discretion and discernment regarding when it may or may not be appropriate to use. I have been under some heavy guidance and leadership for years concerning this, so believe me when I say… one needs to tread lightly.
We need not to break the law or sell our souls
yet, be willing to meet people where they’re at
in order to help them see a better way.
I am still a good person. I still have boundaries. This doesn’t mean we break the law or don’t have strong morals and values. I am still a Christian. I still believe we should act and treat others like Jesus would (to the best of our ability.) I am still the same woman who has been described countless times as being “a woman after God’s own heart.”
Now, this doesn’t mean I’m gong to start posting inappropriate content on a regular basis or anything and hopefully I don’t lose any followers because of how I’ve chosen to approach it this time. Or perhaps I’ll gain a few and earn some likes instead, lol – that isn’t the point. I’m posting this to get people’s attention. It’s more to show that I am just like you. As Christians… Yes, we are supposed to stand out and be different from the world so people will seek why and hopefully want what we have, but we also have to remain relatable and never forget where we came from. Where we ALL came from. Overall, it’s about making different choices. It’s to show that if you make these kinds of choices then this is what life looks like, but if you make those kinds of choices, then that’s what life is like instead.
So, I am just like you. I can find humor or enjoyment in things which are inappropriate, and I can be drawn to things which are ungodly, if I choose to live in the flesh. Because I am human and have free will, I am capable of the worst actions and thoughts imaginable, if I choose to indulge them. But, that is my point… when we become Christians, we choose to be led more by the Spirit than by our flesh. It isn’t that I can’t or won’t live like the world anymore – it’s that I don’t want to. I am not perfect though and I will continue to mess up, but this is me. I am honest, genuine and real. I’m so sick of pretending to be perfect when I am not – that’s what God’s grace and forgiveness are all about! And let’s be completely honest because sometimes it takes a dramatic, shocking and candid remark to touch a person’s heart enough to move their soul… no matter who you are! This is a learning process my friends, but as long as we are willing to submit, our Father promises to keep molding us into something better. It is a beautiful thing to always be a work in progress!
I may fall in my flesh, but I will rise in my Spirit.