Sunday, April 10, 2011

Choose Fresh Living Water Instead of Guilt

Jesus answered, "If you knew the generosity of God and who I am, you would be asking me for a drink, and I would give you fresh, living water."
~ John 4:10

I sometimes find myself a little dumbstruck at how humans can make having a relationship with Jesus so difficult. Yet, at the same time I get it—we are human; we have free will and can accept the gift of salvation or not. It saddens me though how many people will not only turn their back on Christ, but make other people’s lives miserable in the process.

I think I understand why—guilt.

You see, Christianity is not based on guilt. The foundation for our salvation is in the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross. It is by God’s grace that salvation is offered—that he sent his only Son to die for our sins for eternity. Based on that explanation, why would anyone turn away from the life giving water of Christ? Free will.

With that free will comes a sacrifice—choose Christ and die to some of the pleasures of this world or choose this world and die without Christ. Think about this for a second, the creator of the universe sent his Son to earth to die for our sins so we are not lost for eternity and all he asks in return is to confess with your mouth, believe in your heart and turn away from sin. That last reason is why so many non-Christians hate Christ.

They know in their hearts they are disobeying God. Yet they allow their minds to tell them that with thought and reason they can certainly disapprove Christianity and they should be allowed to live however they want. These people have made the choice to not accept the life-giving water of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, there are too many people in this world today who know this choice makes their souls empty. What’s the old saying? Misery loves company. If they are going to miss out because they CHOSE to disobey God, then they sure as hell aren’t going to let anyone else be happy!

These “open-minded” souls will take out their hatred on those who choose to be obedient to God; people who have chosen to let Christ be their living water for eternal nourishment. Yet, stealing the joy from others in the name of “tolerance” is quite the opposite. They will protest against the Catholic Church for its stance on homosexuality. They will write letters to ban a Catholic confession app in the iTunes store because it asks if they person has sinned by committing homosexual acts—of course no one seems to be up in arms about the portion that asks if the person has cheated on their spouse!

My point is this, if you choose not to accept the life giving water of Jesus Christ that is on you. Because you feel guilt for your choice, don’t make the rest of us Christians out to be the bad guys. We choose to follow Christ. Our faith is based on the hope of eternal salvation. If we are wrong, so be it. But if you are wrong, what are you left with? A life of hatred and anger against a group of people—an anger that did not allow you to live your life to the fullest. In the end, in both scenarios you lose.

Give your life to Christ and live obediently or simply move on with your life and leave Christians alone.

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