Do We Really Believe What We Say We Believe?
For the past few days, I have been lingering over a simple question: Do Christians really believe what we say we believe?
No deep theology here, just a question.
In every other area of life I can think of, a question like this is silly. As human beings, we unfailingly act in a way that is consistent with what we believe (or know) about the effects of either acting in a certain way or not acting in a certain way. For example, here’s the same question focused on a different subject. Do you as an automobile driver really believe what you say you believe about seat belts? Well, I don’t know, but all I need to do is monitor your use of a seatbelt to find out. If you wear it, you really do believe that you are more likely to be seriously injured in an accident if you’re not wearing it; or you may believe that you will get a ticket if you choose not wear it. Either way, your beliefs are directly influencing your actions. You can apply this same line of thinking to everything we do in life.
So for Christians to say that we believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ as man’s only hope of salvation, how do we not make every effort to spread this good news? If we really believe that God sacrificed His perfect son as a ransom for sinners, in order that He might become our supreme treasure and all-satisfying joy, how do we not share Him with others? If we really believe that an eternity of torment awaits those who reject Christ, how do we sit idly by and watch the world, including our loved ones, shuffle over the edge of death? Do we really believe that the gospel is the power of God to save sinners?
Or are we more concerned that it may be ‘awkward’ to tell someone Jesus died for sinners like me and like you?
How self-centered are we to think that someone else will take care of spreading hope to the lost? How prideful am I to think being embarrassed may not be worth laying an offer of ever-lasting joy before a soul destined for hell?
Do we really believe what we say we believe?
“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?” Romans 10:13-14