I cheated in 9th grade Spanish. Not once. Not a couple of times. All the time. I was so bad at it.
There was nothing more annoying than the really smart dude in class who knew all the answers but kept them to himself.
You know who I’m talking about. Like “c’mon bro, be a team player.”
How often do we as Christians choose to point out the problems while keeping the answer secretly stuffed in our back pocket? How often do we find ourselves surrounded by people looking for answers, but we refuse to give it to them?
We spend lots of time talking about what we don’t believe in: drugs, getting drunk, abortion, sex before marriage, cheating, lying, stealing... the list goes on.
Yet we ignore the solution to those struggles. We don’t tell people about the person who has the power over every single one of those things.
The problem is - talking about those things has no power.
The root of the problem is self-righteousness, my biggest struggle.
It only becomes power when we go from criticizing to moving.
It becomes power when we stop throwing stones, and we start showing why the stone deserved to be thrown - but wasn’t.
It becomes power when we care more about the person’s heart eternally than we do about feeling better about our sin momentarily.
It becomes power when our heart is full of the grace that was so freely given to us.
We can spend our lives doing one of two things.
We can point fingers at the problems that are surrounding us and talk about what we don’t believe in and why people are wrong.
Or we can spend the short amount of time we have on this earth pointing one finger straight up at the solution.
We can spend our lives making much of Jesus, talking about what we do believe - the finished work of Jesus, blood that was shed for us, grace that wipes every single one of my sins away forever, a God who is chasing after me every second of every day, a Jesus who breaks every chain of addiction and sin.
What we don’t believe in has no power. What we do believe in has the power to bring someone to life.
Let’s give people the answer.
Kody Kirk is the youth pastor at the First Baptist Church Bandera.