Yes it is.
Inconsistency is defined as the state of being unpredictable such that of clashing directions of both expressed attitude with that of actual behavior or action. Christian inconsistency is simply the fact that what a leader expresses in a sermon and teaching is not reflective of his supposed actions and behavior. That is inconsistency, that is what most Christians are problematic about today.
Now, let me set out a clear comparison of what I am trying to drive at here by using its antonym - consistency. Being consistent means what we preach, we produce the desired action congruent to the words we utter. Meaning, we act, speak, deal, live and treat others in the exact manner we teach the word of God and rebuke others by the very same word our own mouth utters.
Let’s get a little medical in this. In the study of the Central Nervous System (CNS), I learned that the consistency of action being performed by a body part or an organ system is consistent with the complex command from the brain down to its nerve tissues, routed through a spinal cord, enclosed in a spinal column of a vertebrate. When the body movement is inconsistent with the command coming from the brain, this is where a connectivity issue has to be ruled out by a Neurologist.
In the same analogy, when a Christian action directly goes opposite to what he constantly learns or being taught of, we need a process of complete Christian-overhaul to check what went wrong, why the almost 16 years of Christian teachings did not seem to create or at least reflect a Christ-like image in you.
If I were to create a trademark consistent with a potent Christian branding for all of us today, I would have it consistent with Genesis 1:27 and Galatians 3:27. First, Genesis 1:27 states that “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”. Originally, we were made with this trademark, created in the image and likeness of the maker himself. Does it mean, physically-featured creation? Not necessarily when viewed with God being a spirit (John 4:24). A Spirit does not have physical orientation or tangible sense, therefore during the creation days, God meant of His Divine moral attributes when He created us into his same likeness and image. He wanted us to possess them all and carry a potent trademark of CHRIST-like image. But man, with his self-will, had his way and created a different brand of SIN and GUILT. That Christ-like image totally destroyed.
Nevertheless, God never changes. His love for humanity never fails. Therefore, reinstating the CHRIST-like trademark in us was in plan, not to mention the agonizing process to salvation Christ has to take up to the Calvary’s cross, in an attempt to salvage humanity.
That is why, Galatians 3:27 has all to say, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ”. Again, this is to reinstate the trademark we failed in Genesis 1:27. Other translations had the words “put on Christ” translated to mean “clothe yourself with Christ”. To clothe in this regard suggests two things, 1. a willfull action – that is the process of being baptized and 2. the garment brand to which you readily clothe yourself with, in this case we clothe, again, the IMAGE of Christ.
Yes, many have responded to the call of Water and HG submission unto salvation, yet consistently struggle to reflect a trademark of Christ-like image. 2 Corinthians 5:17 is clear when it said “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”. As Christians baptized in Jesus name, we were made new in the process, therefore, CHRIST-like image becomes a branding easy to carry this time with Lesson Learned in Genesis 1:27. However, Christians’ inconsistency prevails.
Let’s have them one by one.
Leaders of many churches today characterize leadership on the ability to preach, yet entangle themselves with translating words into action. The practice of Holiness for instance seems to be a thing of the past, with fewer Christians able to obey this command. Yet, when they hammer the rostrum during a sermon, they appear to have perfected them all only to find social media postings inconsistent with what they preached, may this be in dress codes, undesirable tweets, posting of branded products in disguise of a supposed blessing from God. But behind the “Thank you Lord for the Blessing” caption of a photographed branded shoes lies the ugly truth of inconsistencies where material lusts, love for self and vanity, pride of life have become the by-product destroying the Christ-like trademark you were once created for, failed, yet ransomed by Jesus and this time, unthinkingly re-destroyed.
Funny how material postings could show off a genuine low-class brand of Christian Character consistently clothed in disguise of masquerading Gospel drumbeaters. Yet, on the outside are pure divine words flawlessly decorated with fitly-tailored suits and clothing modestly accorded to that of crusading Christian martyrs. Then inconsistency begins when even the seemingly repetitive Malachi 3:10 become an ordinary lip-service, the most abuse verse ever delivered during tithes and offering, yet equally the most ignored by no less than the elders of themselves, funny right? And we position ourselves as though we are always above the pedestals yet inconsistent with even the basic command of things.
It is my strong belief that as leaders of the organization, we raise the bar of excellence consistent with what we preach. Romans 12:2 says “And be not conformed to this 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. This verse.
We should all be reminded that there is a lustful world, a morally corrupt world, the exact opposite of the Christ-like image, which God prohibits us from conforming. Certainly, it has all the exact recipes of getting yourselves corrupted and that destroys the banner we all proud of raising.
Titus 2:7-8 says “In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us. Leaders should take note of the words “purity in Doctrine” which means, our actions, postings, dealings with people should show off a clear, sound compliance with the doctrine we teach to people to which the entire organization is identified.
Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith. What kind of examples we are setting for our children?
Finally, let this verse remind those in the field of leadership in all Christian organization out there. Titus 1:6-8 says “An elder must be blameless. He must be the husband of one wife and have children who are believers and who are not accused of having wild lifestyles or of being rebellious. Because an overseer is God’s servant manager, he must be blameless. He must not be arrogant or irritable. He must not drink too much, be a violent person, or make money in shameful ways. Instead, he must be hospitable to strangers, must appreciate what is good, and be sensible, honest, moral, and self-controlled.