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A Time and A Place

I remember when I was a little boy my dad would often remind me that there is “a time and a place” for everything. What he was usually saying was that, I, the perfect child, was being too rambunctious at whatever time or place we currently found ourselves. Don’t tell my children but I had a bit of a “wild streak” that was only about as wide as the state of Illinois is long.

Whatever the action deemed inappropriate at the time (i.e. running indoors, being loud, playing ball in the house, trying to make a homemade slip-and-slide on my grandparent’s basement steps) the lesson was always the same: there is a time and place where certain activities are allowed, but this is not one of them.

The lesson, of course, is a good one for each of us to learn at some point in our lives. We all have been around the kid who doesn’t know his inside from outside voice at an otherwise quiet restaurant. Unfortunately we as Christians take it too far in our lives.

As a Christian there is never a right place and time to not act like a follower of Christ. We are to spend every day conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ and to behave how he’d have us to. The late Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. put it this way: “For the Christian, there is no difference between the secular and the sacred. Every bush is a burning bush; all ground is holy ground.” You and I are to be an example of Jesus’ love and holiness. We are to live our lives as He would have us and be a witness of His saving power to the lost world.

There is never a time or a place to behave differently or to blatantly disobey scripture. The Apostle Paul admonished the members of the church in Rome, “And be not conformed to the world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

Christians are to be like Christ, act like Christ, think like Christ, not just at a certain time or place, but every day and every where.

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