***NOTE:  This is a work in progress, check back often as God develops this thought in me.

I grew up in the hills of West Virginia and often heard people call us hillbillies, rednecks or backwards.  I really didn’t understand why since we had floors, indoor plumbing, running water, telephones (party line of course) and even television.  I came to see that their view was based on stereotypes and prejudice and began to ignore them.

There are many things that Christians have backwards.  Backwards, not because of preconceptions, stereotypes or prejudices, but based on the Word of God.

We go out of our way to please other people, spend billions on cosmetics, clothing and cars to impress people who really don’t care about us.  We will not even read a scripture, spend 5 minutes praying or give 1%, much less 10%, to impress or even obey God.  We are indeed a backwards people.

Even the religious are often backwards.  We worship a building, a person or a religious system/denomination instead of worshipping the Lord of all creation and religion.

We point laugh or fingers at someone in a bad situation, or chastise them for their problems saying, “It’s their own fault,” so quick to condemn and dismiss them instead of encouraging, love and help them.

More we have backwards-we want forgiven for every mistake but find it almost impossible to forgive others. we should sin less-forgive more.

When life takes a downward plummet, we turn to our cash reserves, the government, our wisdom or abilities, self help books or motivational speakers, drugs, alcohol, medications or any other of ways the world has developed to help instead of turning to God: The One who created us, knows our needs, has a plan for our lives and loves us completely.  Backwards.

Wondering just how much we have backwards. We will go deep into debt for a vehicle, home or toy, but run away from giving God a penny.

Late night thought: We hurt ourselves when we date like we’re married and keep our wedding vows like we’re dating.  Something backwards here?

Why are we so quick to condemn what we do not understand?  Because it is easier than finding out.  This is the root of racism and something else we have backwards.

We are eager to football games, nap, golf courses and shopping, but how anxious are we to go to God’s House? More stuff we have backwards.

Jude 21 “keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.” ESV Good Advice!

Joshua 24:15 “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” ESV Joshua had made his choice, have you?

Proverbs 3:5-8 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.  It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.” ESV