Accepting Christ

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.


2 thoughts on “Accepting Christ

  1. My friend you cannot undo what has already been done. UBL has already sealed his fate for all eternity.

    Now listen to the words of Jesus our Lord and Savior-

    Rev 21:6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.
    Rev 21:7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
    Rev 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

    • You do realize that these things include all of us right? What I’m saying is that we aren’t to take joy in anyone’s death. We can take joy in justice, but we cannot take joy in anyone’s death, for even God does not take joy in anyone’s death. You know why? Because Jesus came so that we might have life. We were made for heaven. We were designed for the specific purpose of living in heaven for eternity with God. Therefore, it is always a tragedy when someone goes to hell and I think it is unloving to take joy in that.

      This doesn’t mean I do not believe in hell. I believe hell is very real. I believe that people go there. But I do not take joy in it. And until the moment of our death, our eternal fate is not sealed. We have no idea what happened in that final moment that bin Laden was alive on earth. You do not know that he did not repent. You do not know that he did. So we hope that he did. We assume that in that last instant though that he was not perfected and is now undergoing the final purgation, and we pray for him as if he is. That’s what Christian charity and brotherhood demands of us.

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