By Aaron Jeffries / @arjeffries1
Let's talk about “Endangerment.”
“In US law, endangerment comprises several types of crimes involving conduct that is wrongful and reckless or wanton, and likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm to another person.” For example:
1.If I am recklessly firing a gun into the air I am guilty of Endangerment.
2.if I drive my car recklessly with no regard for anyone, I am guilty of Endangerment.
Now that I have bored you with the law, let’s get spiritual. We are Christians, right? We have been given a perfect example of how to live through Jesus Christ, right? We want to be like Him, right? Sometimes we have a funny way of showing it.
I woke up this morning thinking of how reckless we are with our actions and especially our tongues. The world is watching us, the world does see through us. The world expects better of us because that’s what we’ve told them will happen when we come to Christ.
But I, for one, am chief of sinners when it comes to acting like my faith has little impact on my actions. When we continue to act like our old selves, giving into our selfish natures and base emotions, we are telling the lost that our faith means little to us. We are living with no regard to how our actions impact them. It is reckless and dangerous.
Here is how we should be conducting ourselves, according to the Apostle Paul:
But that is not the way you learned Christ! - assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
(Ephesians 4:20-32 ESV)
Aaron Jeffries lives in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia. He is married to his beautiful wife Kristen, and has been blessed with two amazing little boys. Join him as he writes about life and our amazing Heavenly Father. He can be reached on Twitter at @arjeffries1.