When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior we accept his atoning sacrifice that reconciles us to God, something that we could never do on our own.
But accepting Christ into our hearts is not merely accepting his sacrifice. Christ is more than the Passover Lamb. He is a the Teacher. He is the Word. He is the Love of God. He is the Way. He is the Truth. He is the Life. He is God.
And so, when we accept Jesus into our hearts we cannot only accept the things that are easy, but we must accept all of Jesus. We must accept his teachings into our hearts. We must accept his example into our hearts. We must accept the love he has for all men into our hearts. We must accept every bit of him into our hearts. I have a feeling that there are only two options: to accept Christ entirely or accept Christ not at all. I think that faith in Christ is an all-or-nothing deal. You’re all-in for him or you’re not in at all.
I hate to belabor the point, but I’m concerned right now about the number of Christians right now who are celebrating the death of bin Laden. Let me re-iterate, I am no fan of the man. He did a lot of terrible things. He is responsible for the deaths of many many people. But that does not matter right now. Hating him and celebrating his death will never undo the things he did. His death will never atone for the sins he committed. Most importantly, his sins carry the same exact punishment that our sins do: eternal damnation. We are so quick to celebrate his death that we forget to look at our own hearts. Drop your stones. Stop disrespecting him.
Christ calls us to a radically different attitude than the world does. The world wants to focus on returning hate for hate. The world wants you to forget that in your heart you are capable of what bin Laden does. Christ calls for returning compassion for hate. Bin Laden hates you. Love bin Laden. I know I’ll take heat for that message, but I don’t care. I don’t answer to the world, I answer to Christ. Christ took heat from the world, and he died for his message. As Christians we have to be willing to do the same. It’s part of accepting Christ. We have to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.
I will continue to pray for bin Laden’s soul, and I invite all Christians to join me in doing so because Lord knows the man desperately needs it.
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.