Not hypocrites, Heroes. Thursday January 16th, 2003
How often I hear people refer to solid Born Again Christians and their churches as hypocrites. When I ask them why they are referring to a Christian as a hypocrite or referring to a Christian church as full of hypocrites, I usually get one of three answers. A simple, "You know.", an even simpler "Because." and most often, "They go to church on Sundays and act holier than thou but are every bit as bad as me, they talk a great game but they don't act like Christ would."
I always like that third answer. "They go to church on Sundays and act holier than thou but are every bit as bad as me, they talk a great game but they don't act like Christ would." While the answer itself is just one more cop out, in a sense there is some truth to it. For none of us, not one of us who are truly Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, can even come close to acting like and or living like Christ did and does. For you see Christ Jesus is God and while God was on earth walking in the form of a man called Lord, while named Jesus, He was still God and as such was perfect, sinless and absolutely pure. None of us can come close to being like that, at least not while we are here on earth.
But, today I would like to tell you about two Born Again Christians who did act like Jesus. Who did follow His words and do as He would have done. Therefore making them Heroes, not hypocrites.
On Tuesday January 7th, 2003, four men from out of state went to Lovell and rented some snowmobiles. Not long after, as they were cruising along over the ice of Kezar lake, the ice broke and the four ended up in the frigid 34 degree water. Standing on the shore was a man by the name of Dave Comeau, with him was his wife, the mother of his seven children, Jolene. Dave is the director Frontier Camp, a Christian camp for boys. A camp that during the summer teaches young boys and men to be Christian men and fathers.
Five hundred yards off shore Dave and his wife saw four men struggling in the frigid water, Jesus teaches us: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13) In that verse, Jesus does not refer to a mans brothers only, but his friends, which encompasses just about all humanity. Frontier camp also teaches boys to put their faith and trust in the Lord.
Dave and Jolene did both, Dave risked his life to rescue a man from those water, Dave did not have an air boat, he did not have survival equipment that would have kept him alive had he fallen overboard. No what Dave had was a rickety old flat bottom boat, what we call a scow. Jolene did not yell at him and say, "What are you doing? forget them, think about me and the kids, what will we do if you get hurt?" No, she went to the phone, called for help and prayed for God to watch over and be with her husband.
No, Dave and Jolene are not Christian hypocrites, they are genuine Christian heroes. And we in the Christian community should be proud of them for they did precisely what God calls us to do, risk our lives and put our faith in Him. We should also be proud that we in this area have a camp for young men and boys that teach the ideals of Christ. Taught by a man who is not afraid to put his life on the line to do the Lord's work, unafraid to do as the Lord said. To not only preach, but to live his life in an effort to emulate the Lord Jesus, the Christ.
The Lord bless you and keep you warm Dave, amen.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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