Throughout my life people have asked me why I believe in Jesus Christ as my personal savior. It’s a difficult question to answer at times. It depends on the person you’re talking too as much as the basic truths that make me a believer.
I have wrestled with the correct answer for years and years. I guess, for me, it boils down to a simple history lesson of sorts.
Who was Jesus really?
There is little historical dispute that He was the son of a Jewish carpenter. There is little question that He presented people with a way of looking at the world and mankind that was different than anything they had heard before. Indeed, He spoke of a much more pure way of living. He tried to teach those who would listen.
He upset those who did not wish to change and live life according to His rules. So much so, that they murdered Him in the most brutal way possible in those days… crucifixion.
The next part of history is where so many non-believers take exception to Christians’ faith. As a Christian I believe that Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven.
This is the one part of being a Christian that is difficult for me to explain to some people.
As the saying goes, “I accept it on faith alone” There are accounts of His body in the tomb and there are countless theories as to how His body was no longer in that tomb. I chose to believe that God The Father raised Him from the dead and He is indeed seated at the right hand of God.
Since I accept this fact, as fact, I have no choice but to believe the teachings of Jesus. He gave us a life plan that quite simply works. There are countless teachings that I simply must accept if I accept that He has risen from the dead.
He taught us how to structure our families; how to conduct our businesses; how to raise and discipline our children. He taught us about moral and just behavior. He taught us the importance of every life. He taught us right from wrong.
I believe He rose and therefore I believe He is who He said He was and I accept Him as my Lord and Savior along with all His teachings.
What does that mean though?
Most people understand the word “Savior”. He saved us. If we believe in Him, He saved us from an eternity in hell. Most people who call themselves Christians accept this as part of their “religious walk”. Indeed, they use it whenever they feel as though they need to be saved from the “human condition”. I won’t dwell on this particular word though.
But what does “Lord” mean? A Lord is a deferential appellation for a person or deity who has authority, control, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler.
So, what does that mean in the daily life of a Christian?
I believe it should be the guiding principal for everything we as Christians do. We should strive to be pleasing to our Lord. We should make decisions in all matters based on the teachings of our Lord. We should be happy to be a visible sign to the rest of the world that we are submissive to our Lord. Nothing should give us greater pleasure than serving our Lord no matter what the personal cost to ourselves.
I’m not saying anyone does it perfectly. I only know of one perfect being and that was Lord Jesus himself. But we should all strive daily to be more pleasing to Christ.
I personally believe there are some teachings of Christ that I simply cannot waiver on and I will happily fight to the death to defend them. ie: abortion is just plain wrong; marriage is a union between one man and one woman only; etc
There is a great quote by a French theologian named John Calvin that comes to mind. While I don’t believe all that John Calvin taught, I do respect this quote, “A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.”
I encourage you to worship Jesus as you see fit, but in a pleasing way to Him. I encourage you to stand up, for what you believe, in a manner that tells the world you have accepted Him as your Lord and are living your life to please Him first and foremost.
If Americans would be true to their Christian heritage and stand up for what is right and what is just, this country would be a much better place. We have lost our moral compass in this land and it is everyone’s duty to be that barking dog and sound the alert… and do something about the moral decay in America.
Praise be to Jesus Christ.