Friday, July 3, 2009

Daily Devo - Friday, 07/03/2009

“How long will you go limping with two different opinions?
If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal then follow him”
1 Kings 18:21

At a youth event one of my leaders had a conversation with a young teenage girl who was new to the group. We had just finished a session on the truth claims of Christianity and, although the girl was pleasant, she showed little interest in the topic. She was, however, very interested in talking about her own views on faith. That is when things got interesting.

When the youth leader asked about the girl's faith perspective the young woman replied, "I consider myself a Christian and an atheist." A bit stunned, the leader replied "I don't think that's possible." "Of course it is", the girl replied, "there's no reason both can't be true".

This young girl failed to see the truth that towered before her. Either the universe was created by an all-powerful God or it was not. If there is a God, he must be sovereign and we owe him our allegiance. If not, we owe allegiance to no one but ourselves. A Christian understands that God is the supreme standard. An atheist believes that mankind is the ultimate measure of all things. The two philosophies are not only incompatible, they are at enmity.

The heartbreaking truth is that this young girl only verbalizes the way many Christians actually live. While proclaiming to believe in God, they live as if He does not exist. They give lip service to God's moral standards though in reality live according to their own. Far too many professing believers worship God for an hour on Sunday, but then worship their own desires for the rest of the week.

The truth that stands before all of us is that if Jesus is true, then everything else is false.

JG

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