I hope you all had a relaxing Labor Day weekend. It’s my prayer that you got some much deserved rest with friends and family. I hope you enjoy your short work week as well. Over the past week, I’ve been reading Gene Veith’s The Spirituality of the Cross, as well as Gerhard Forde’s Theology is for Proclamation. Both books are fantastic, and I hope to share some material in the coming days. Check out their pages now if you want to see some more information.
This week, I want to take a moment to share a quote from one of my favorite writers – Chad Bird. You can read his articles over at his website. Chad writes for the 1517 Legacy Project, as well as Christ Hold Fast. He is also the co-host of 40 Minutes in the Old Testament podcast.
This quote is for those of us who doubt our faith. Those of us who are bruised and broken. Those of us who may be suffering in mind, body and spirit. May you rejoice in Christ, and rest in His promises
Is Christianity for everyone?
“Christianity is not for everyone.
But if, rich or poor, you realize that your moral bank account is penniless, that you have no righteous riches to fill the wallets of others, much less God, then let me tell you about the God who, though he was rich, for your sake became poor, that he might enrich you with golden blood minted in divinity’s veins.
If your life is one screw-up after another, if your closets are so packed with skeletons that you’ve had to rent space at a storage facility for the overflow, if you’ve served time for your crimes, if you’re afraid the ceiling will collapse if you darken the doors of a church, then let me tell you about a Savior who went out of his way to hang with society’s pariahs so as to earn the nickname “friend of sinners.”
If you’re at the end of your rope, if the dark walls are closing in, if you’ve walked onto that bridge ten times with the goal of making a final dive into the black waters, then let me tell you about the God who knew that you were so important and so precious to him; who has such crazy, wild love for you; that he smiled at death and said, “Take me,” in order that he might take you in his arms, make you alive, and love you back into hope again.
If you’re lost and hurt and guilty and trapped and can’t seem to do a damn thing about it; if you’re basically happy with life but still feel a biting hunger within you that no earthly delight can satisfy; if you’re bored with your existence and keep thinking that there must be something else to life; if you’re straight or gay, divorced or married, addicted or clean, young or old; then Christianity is for you.
And Christianity is not a religion; it’s a person. It’s Jesus, the God of flesh and blood, who is looking at you even as you read these words, saying, “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. I forgave you before you even knew you needed forgiveness; died for you even before you were born; rose for you even before you knew you were dead and needed my life. I am your God—all yours— and you are my child—all mine.
That’s Christianity; it’s all gift, and that gift is Christ for you.” – Chad Bird