I have a great deal of doubt when it comes to the number of Americans I hear claiming to be Christian. When you hear that 85% claim to be, but then you hear only about 20-25% of those actually have anything to do with a church, it seems self-refuting. So…because I should share the benefit of the doubt I have in those numbers. But what’s the benefit?
Well, I believe the best benefit I can offer is to let you in on the poorly kept secret of the eternal life your Creator has for you…if you want it. Yes, Christians haven’t done a very good job of keeping the message of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus a secret. Thank God.
That’s why the Bible is the best-selling book of all time. The stories and the messages found in it change lives for now and eternity. And those lives are changed for the better…the best. You can’t give me eternal life, and I can’t give it to you. But we can share the message from the One who can and have a part in someone’s eternal destination.
Do you see how the benefit of the doubt means speaking up? Maybe you’ve heard this quote from Edmund Burke, a statesman in the 18th century: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
If I lay any claim to being good whatsoever, I can’t simply smile and wave on my way to Heaven while others are riding the “down” escalator. And that’s why I’m here on my website, each day, writing exhortations and admonishments in favor of following the one, true, living, loving God. I seriously doubt if very many will heed what I say, but this daily exercise, I believe, shares the benefit of my doubt.
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