Do You Believe?

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

Well, do you? This is the core of our Christian belief, and yet many of those who identify themselves as Christians shy away from this premise on the basis that it is intolerant and inherently exclusivist. Well, yes that’s true, but that’s how truth operates. It is infallible and the rest is opinion, conjecture, etc. Isn’t that what our soul desires … something we can hang our spiritual hats on? I think it’s what we all yearn for, believers and unbelievers alike, but our society has countered truth with a myriad of other “relative truths.” It markets them like snake oil at a sideshow. This, by the way, is how Satan can get the job done, even going so far as to convince us that he really doesn’t exist. When was the last time you heard about Satan from the pulpit?

Of course there are absolutes! There have to be; what else can be a point of reference, but the irrefutable truth? Either understand that now or spend the rest of eternity [by choice, no less] separated from God. And who said that recognizing the truth made an individual intolerant? Plenty of people have staked their lives on it, literally. These folks were no more blind than Christ, who believed it so thoroughly that, unless He died in vain, was willing to die a horrible death for it … and us! Decide who you would rather trust, and know that your decision here will be one that has eternal consequences. I’ll bet my life on Jesus Christ … Lord of Lords. It’s a risk we can’t afford NOT to take.

Posted in Connections, Elder's Message.