For many will come in My Name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many.
This Devotion Series was hard to write. Will it be popular among Christians? Doubtful. I feel like Jonah or Jeremiah.
I tried to turn away from writing it. Even so, I seek to please God, not man. I won't name names and I can't judge for you, but ignoring problems isn't helpful.
I'll begin with my religious background. I was raised in a liberal household as a 'high church' Episcopalian- among an affluent congregation. To young me, it seemed like a social club.
Surely, some of its members were godly, but personally, I didn't know them. Hypocrisy and injustice troubled a pre-teen girl who was searching for truth.
Following my cool older brother, I became a Buddhist when I was 19. It was appealing and made sense to me. But I soon found strange rituals and pride: an elitism that felt like my old church. So I dropped religion altogether.
I still believed in God and prayed sometimes. But Jesus was a mystery to me, and I hadn't ever read the Bible.
Fast forward 30 long years, where Christians furthered my misconceptions about Christ. Lofty eyes, big words and condemnation were the opposite of Good News to me.
In today's key Verse (from our Teacher), I suggest two tiny paraphrases- changing 'the' to 'a' and 'Christ' to 'Christian':
'For many will come in My Name, saying, 'I am a Christian,' and will mislead many.'
I was one of millions being misled.
## Christian Posers: My Set Up (Part 1)
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Posers series.