Wednesday, March 2, 2011

American's Views of God and the Christian's Commission

While reading our local newspaper in December, I came across an article in the USA Weekend entitled "How Americans Imagine God".  Now I don't usually read this section, but this seemed like an intriguing topic.  As I read the article, I realized the importance of this matter.  Most of the quotes were mostly generic, such as, "God is love.", and didn't have any real depth.  True, God is love, but God is also just and holy. Then there were some more, er, um... odd views.  Views of God such as, "Like me because she is me and I am her. She is something you feel within your soul.", and " A kernel of positive electromagnetic power in each of us, a remnant of the origin of the universe that can flare up within us in the form of grace or inspiration.", make you think think of the desperately lost people of America: souls that are on their way to an eternity of separation from God, and torment in hell.  While those quotes may seem rather bizarre, they are people's real beliefs.  Every day, over 150,000 people perish: That's an average of nearly 2 people per second.  Of these, most do not truly know Christ as their Savior.  Many of these are trying to make it to heaven by their own means.  Christ said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)

As Christians, it is our obligation to show those around us the truth of Christ: How He came to earth, how He gave His life on Calvary, and how He triumphed over sin and death when He rose again.  We all have friends and relatives who have the wrong view of God's righteousness and judgment.  The question is, are you willing to share the truth of God with them, to help them escape the judgment that is coming?  God commands us in Matthew 28:19 to, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations..."  It's not a recommendation; It's a mandate.