Sunday, July 12, 2009

Daily Devo - Monday, 07/13/2009

"For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone,
declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!"
Ezekiel 18:32 (ESV)

A few centuries ago some churches began singing a hymn that included the following verse:

"We are the Lord's elected few,
Let all the rest be damned;
There's room enough in hell for you,
We won't have heaven crammed!"

What a wretched understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! In fact, such theology is "another Gospel" altogether, as it ignores the clear desire of God that all would be saved. But how often do we actually encounter Christians who have this level of hatred towards nonbelievers?

Not often, though I would argue we regularly encounter something far worse. The opposite of love isn't hatred, it's apathy. Christians most fully demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ when we share (and live) the Gospel message with them. Love, as defined in Scripture, involves sharing with the lost the way of salvation. God cared for the lost so much that he sent His Son to provide the way of eternal life.

A small minority of Christians have been exclusive and full of hatred towards non-Christians. Truly, this is a great evil. Yet the vast majority have committed a far greater crime; for, while claiming to love, we have been too apathetic to even share the Good News.

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