Friday, 9/18/20 – Friday Question: “Why should I become a Christian?”

Why should I become a Christian?

John Bowen

Back in 2002 John Bowen, Director of the Institute of Evangelism at Wycliffe College (1997-2013) wrote an article in which he listed seven reasons a person should NOT become a Christian

  1. The Church is morally compromised
  2. Christians aren’t always nice
  3. Won’t you have to condemn other religions?
  4. People may make fun of you
  5. It will require sacrifices
  6. It means handing the leadership of your life over to God
  7. You don’t think you could keep it up

Yet when you think about it, these objections are universal.

They could be reasons NOT to get a job:

  1. The workplace is morally compromised
  2. Co-workers aren’t always nice
  3. Won’t you have to put down other employers?
  4. People may make fun of you
  5. It will require sacrifices
  6. It means handing your workday over to your boss
  7. You don’t know if you would keep it up

Or NOT to get married

  1. My spouse may have moral conflicts
  2. My spouse might not always be nice
  3. Won’t I have to be completely loyal to my spouse?
  4. People may make fun of you
  5. It will require sacrifices
  6. It means not being 100% my own boss but doing some things that please only my spouse
  7. You don’t have a guarantee you can be a good spouse yourself!

In fact any time an individual enters into any kind of a relationship with another entity – human, animal or Divine – uncertainties emerge. At some point you will encounter some aspect of risk. Christians call this faith!

Bowen also listed this one reason a person SHOULD become a Christian: It is what life is all about! He elaborates:

“Because the God who made you loves you more deeply than you can ever imagine, and that God longs for a friendship with you. More than that, in that friendship you will learn to live as God’s person in God’s world in God’s way. And you will discover the part God designed you to fulfil in God’s plan to redeem the world from evil, suffering and dysfunction. And that is the greatest adventure that can ever befall a human being. In fact, it is what human beings were made for.”

As for me and my house I completely agree. In fact, it is the testimony of every true believer past and present — and I believe will be of all who yet turn to Him — that Christ indeed is all-sufficient. As evangelist Billy Graham once noted,

“I have never known a man [or woman] who received Christ and ever regretted it.”

Press on…

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