Let me begin by making something clear: I do not watch any shows with the Kardashians and I don’t enjoy basketball either. According to what I’ve seen and heard, this show is yet another source of the disintegration we see in America.
With this said, I want to express my frustration with what I am seeing on social media. There are no good excuses for what led to the situation Lamar Odom is facing, poor choices often birth poor results.
Still, some have thrown out any compassion for this man. Some have said “He made the choice, now he has to deal with it” and I have even seen some say “How can you say he is fighting for his life when we have military men and women really fighting for their lives?” So, I ask have we become so blind? Are we this indifferent? Are we so quick to forget?
Let me remind you…
Isaiah 64:6 (ESV) We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
You and I are broken like him, our works are filthy… and…
1John1:8 (NLT) If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.
Romans 3:23 (NLT) For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
You may sin different than this man, your sins may be less severe, they may be more heinous…no matter. God requires perfection to have eternal life…you aren’t perfect. You are a sinner, like Lamar Odom.
You are broken, you fall short of perfection, you choose sin over Christ everyday, you have made poor choices.
The Good News for me, you, Lamar Odom, and everyone else:
Romans 5:8 (ESV)…God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God requires perfection, we’re not. GOD came in the flesh, lived perfectly, defeated sin, conquered death, and lives still. He did this for me, you, and everyone else!
His perfection is ours, it is placed over us, it is imputed, if we confess with our mouths Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9).
We’ve all fallen short, made mistakes, made poor choices, hurt others, sinned against God. Thankfully God hasn’t turned His back on us, He hasn’t abandoned us because “We made the choice” and He doesn’t count our battles as petty, simply because someone else is facing a something more callenging.
We are called to live lives of compassion, lives characterized by light and salt! We are called to love others as ourselves! It’s time..stop talking about it, stop playing games…we are The Church and it is time the world sees what that looks like!