The ancient saying was that all roads lead to Rome. There was, as I understand it, a simple reason for that truth. The Romans built those roads so that the Roman legions could go out and conquer in the name of Rome. These roads that led out of Rome, also led back in. There is a current belief that all religions lead to God. According to that belief, as long as you believe and are a good person, you will end up ok in the end. If that’s true, then the beliefs that Christians have are some of the cruelest beliefs around.
As Christians, as followers of Christ, we believe that God came down to earth as a human being – a little baby. We celebrate that incarnation at Christmas time. We believe that Jesus lived a perfect life on earth and because He was sinless, He died on the cross to make peace with God for all mankind. Imagine putting anyone through that cruel tortuous death only to come back and say, “Well, that was an amazing sacrifice, but there are a lot of other ways to come to me.” No, either Christianity is true and the only way to approach God, or it is a cruel trick played on the minds of billions of believers through the ages. “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:19-20)
“What will you do with Jesus Christ?” That’s the question that has divided people through the ages. There are two choices. You can reject Him under the mistaken belief that either there is no God anyway, or that it’s fine with God to reject Jesus and follow whatever system you want. You can accept Him, accept His sacrifice for you, and commit your life to following God in all that you think, say, and do. The second option truly is the only option for me and for many others. For many years we had people who would commit to following Jesus on Sundays in church, and then live however they wanted the rest of the week. We used to call them hypocrites. Now, however, if you think your faith in Christ and your commitment to walk in God’s way should happen every day and not just on Sunday, people attack and cry out that religion should be left in church.
I read this quote from a friend on Facebook recently and it shocked me. “…this is America. You are aware that in America one’s religious profession has absolutely no bearing on his or her conduct and aspirations and lifestyle, aren’t you?” Unfortunately, it was an accurate description of much of our country today. As a result, people don’t see the difference that walking with God can make in their lives. Christianity, to them, is just another choice on the menu on the road to Heaven. I challenge you today. Let your faith in Christ have a difference on your conduct, your aspirations, your lifestyle. Allow God to work on you through His grace to make you the kind of person that others look at and say, “What makes that person different?” Speak the truth of the gospel, as we are commanded by Jesus, with such love and grace that we do not hinder the work of God in drawing people unto Himself. Let our examples show the love of Christ to all each and every day.
Lord God, so many have a belief system that doesn’t make a difference in their lives. I pray that as Your follower, I might show the difference You make in people’s lives. Let my commitment to You make such a difference in my life that other people are drawn to You. I pray that all who claim to believe in You would follow You and experience changed conduct, aspirations, and lifestyles.