"Cardboard Christianity"

I heard a man talking on the radio about cardboard Christianity the other day. Have you ever seen a street person begging on a corner and holding up a cardboard sign? That sign sums up his existence in a few short words, maybe something like - homeless, need food.

In cardboard Christianity, church members hold up a sign that tells something about their lives and then they flip it over and it tells what Jesus did.

I immediately knew mine said - "will never be loved." There was no hesitation to my thought and I marveled that one line, said to me in spite, had affected my whole adult life. And I had let it, giving a person who delighted in being cruel to me influence over my life even after he was out of it.

Has anyone ever said something to you that stuck to you so tightly that it affected your entire life? It didn't matter that the one who said it had intentionally meant to hurt you. It was like an arrow that pierced your soul, and no matter what, it was always there, festering, and affecting your life and actions.

Maybe it was something that deep down you believed might be true, but that person, out of a spirit of hate, without knowing that it already had a seed in you, spit it out and brought it into the light where it could grow. And like a wild vine, it managed to strangle you for years.

When I was in my early twenties I had a relationship with a man for five years. It was not a good one and finally after enough abuse, I gathered enough courage to end it. His parting shot to me was - "no one will ever love you."

Considering the source, That statement should have rolled off me like water, but deep down there was a seed lying dormant, and all it lacked was a little light and water, and all at once there it was, and it began to grow.

Relationship after relationship failed and nothing I could do would make anyone love me. Nothing I could do - emphasis on I. And then I turned to Jesus and He began to heal me from the inside out.

I wonder how many of us realize the power we have given others over our lives. Power that doesn't belong to anyone but God. Philippians 4:7,8 tells us to think on things that are just, pure, lovely, and of a good report, and the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds.

When we allow the fiery darts of the enemy to enter in and begin to dwell on them, we are letting someone else run our lives instead of God. We need to know what we mean to God. That He loved us enough to let His son die for us.

His opinion is the one that counts, because whatever He says to us is said in love, not cruelty. When I flip my cardboard Christianity sign over, it says - "Jesus loves me!"

If you would like to see examples of cardboard ministry, there are several on you tube. One I really like is: naminghisgrace.blogspot.com/2011/08/cardboard-testimony.html

Carolyn McDaniel

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Cardboard Christianity