Of Vipers, Rocks and Christians: Matthew 3:7-10

I am writing this blog not just as an attack on Donald Trump and what he stands for but also against the more insidious problem. The apostasy of the religious right has been growing over the last 40 years since Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell created the Moral Majority in a small city in Virginia that sits upon 7 small hills Lynchburg VA.

I am a lapsed atheist. I wrote in an earlier blog about how Christ opened my eyes and my heart and how angry am at this apostasy that blocks people from the Kingdom of God. I am not the only one throughout history to think this or say this. Before John the Baptist met Jesus he was baptizing and some religious leaders came to see what this itinerant minister was saying about them.

This is what he said (NIV) Matthew 3: 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

As I will point out as this blog goes on. I believe that the leaders of the religious right and their politicians are the Pharisees and Sadducees of our generation. You can tell a true follower of Christ by his fruit. When we are redeemed, we no longer live by the way of the world. We no longer live with selfish motives, we no longer are slaves to fear, greed, or hate. We feel these things but we never are slaves to them.

This transformation brings forth great fruit. Don’t get me wrong. There are any atheists who do good works. But the fruits of repentance are more than just good works. They are doing these things  with love, kindness, gentleness, patience, and self control. We quest for justice not for our own case but because the suffering of our fellow man hurts us. It hurts us just like it hurts our Lord.

“We have Abraham as our father.” The modern version of this is. “I am a Christian. How dare you question my heart.” You  are not a Christian unless you love and follow Him and show fruits that reflect that. And when you point out their hypocrisy they through out “thou shalt not judge” I will go more into that later on. But it is very  rich for people who make their living on judging and shaming throwing that gem out.

There are people who come from families that were Christian for generations. But their hearts have grown far from Him. But there are people out there like I was. Stones are cold and had and almost impossible to pierce. But God can pierce the Stones and with His love transform us into His own image.


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