It’s so very easy to see inconsistencies in others. We can clearly see them in Indian Christians. Fathers want their daughters to follow Jesus, but don’t let them get baptized because that will make it harder for them to get a rich Hindu husband for them. Mothers want their sons to lead their family well but spoil and indulge them until they marry in their late 20s. Leading pastors in the areas where the conferences are held give me flower lies and shawls at the end while saying how they have been blessed by the great teaching. But they sit outside and talk to each other the whole time and don’t attend any of the sessions.
Unfortunately they can see the inconsistency in Western Christians. They see our elegant, large churches and homes while many Christians worldwide, and in the USA, are starving. They see our missionaries struggling and often living off our leftovers. They see our freedom of religion but also see us conforming and keeping a low profile.
None of these things are right, in India or the West. But what bothers me much more than these obvious inconsistencies are the ones we don’t see, especially the ones I don’t see in myself. I know they must be there, and others probably see them, but the fact that I don’t is very sobering. God sees my inconsistencies clearly. But I don’t. I pray He would show them to me so I can work towards removing them. The only thing worse than having inconsistences in life is not knowing you have them and not doing anything about them!
Psalm 139:1, 23-24 O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. … Search me, O God, and know my heart: test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
What are your inconsistencies in life? Where do your actions differ from your values and beliefs? Ask God to show you and commit to changing them.