“This is what the LORD says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’” (Jeremiah 6:16 NLT)
Life offers us a choice of multiple roads. There are many different paths that we can follow. We choose which way we want to go. We have to understand, though, that even though we can pick our own road, many roads take us places that will ultimately destroy us.
Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7: 13-14)
As unpopular as it is, this what Christians have always believed. Jesus made it very clear that there was only one path, one road, that will take us to God. He taught that there was an ultimate Truth. In fact, he said that he was the Truth (John 14:6).
Again, I understand this goes against the grain of a culture that does not believe in an ultimate truth. The Church is attacked as being bigoted, mean-spirited, narrow-minded, close-minded, etc. Mainstream, orthodox Christianity has maintained the same basic theology for the last 2000 years. We are not going to let culture tell us what we should believe or practice.
For sure, we Christians need to work hard to package our message in grace and love, or as Paul said, “seasoned with salt.” And let’s get rid of the angry Christian stereotype. We should share the message of the Gospel boldly and in a vibrant and attractive manner. But let’s never apologize for the Truth that has changed our lives and still has the power to transform people and nations.
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