A lot of people struggle with the Christian message. Some because, to them, it doesn’t make sense logically – especially in light of cultural worldviews . Others because they see hypocrisy among its adherents. Still others see judgment and lists of rules and regulations – and they don’t like this – they want to do what they want, not what God wants.
To some, and partly the fault of Christian teaching, the Christian message sounds like this: You’re a sinner. Jesus died for you. Repent and believe (or go to hell). Say the sinner’s prayer. Presto, you’re saved! You will be reconciled with God in the end times.
While the above is true, it misses the larger narrative and framework of the Bible – of God reaching out to save His people. Why? Because He loves us (he made us), and because He promised He would – and God doesn’t break promises. God wants to gather those that have turned away from Him, and are running around blindly worshiping their own creations and ideas instead of God.
Jesus, God in the flesh, created a way back, and was inviting people to be in relationship with God. Jesus ushered in and welcomed us into the Kingdom of God. Jesus has paid the price for our wrongdoing. “Blessed are the poor in spirit…” Why? Because they know they need God. This is a great place to start.
Thanks for reading,
~ Ted Olson