Tell someone you are a Christian and they may automatically assume you are a closed-minded bigot, conservative capitalist, probably pro-war, certainly anti-gay and surely anti-feminist.
They may also assume you condemn others for their moral failures, are intolerant of other faiths and are likely to be humourless and intellectually challenged.
That aint me.
Science can’t cure what ails us. We can already feed the world’s population – we just don’t. Science cannot cure selfishness, greed and the darkness in a man’s soul… but faith can and does.
The verdict is in…
Science – valuable
Faith – priceless
At a British conference on comparative religions in the 1950s, experts from around the globe were discussing whether any one belief was unique to the Christian faith.
Other religions had versions of God appearing in human form. As for resurrection, some had accounts of people returning from death.
The debate was stalemated when C.S. Lewis walked into the room and was asked what he thought was Christianity’s unique contribution.
“Oh that’s easy,’’ he said. “It’s grace.’’
After some discussion, the conference delegates agreed.
The doctrine of karma, the Islamic Code of Law, the Jewish covenant and the Buddhist eightfold path offered ways to earn approval and eventual eternal happiness. Only Christianity offered a no strings attached view of salvation with God’s unconditional love—a way through karma.
This remarkable testament was found amidst the papers of a martyred African pastor.
I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His and I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.
My past Is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future Is secure. I’m done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer and labor by Holy Spirit power.
My face Is set. My gait Is fast. My goal Is heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide Is reliable and my mission Is clear. I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch In the face of sacrifice or hesitate In the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity or meander In the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up and preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must give until I drop, preach until all know and work until He comes. And when He does come for His own, He’ll have no problems recognizing me. My colors will be clear!