That may seem like a bold statement and I would just like to say that before I continue, please, don’t in any way think that I am calling any of you out or hold myself as perfect. I sin constantly, I stumble daily, but this is something that I have been convicted about.
While sitting in the body shop waiting on my car’s oil to be changed, I happened to be perusing Newsweek and came across an article that read, “U.S. Views on God and Life Are Turning Hindu”. I have linked to the article here: (http://su.pr/7cKjTs), I recommend reading it before continuing on because I reference many points in it.
In a nutshell, the article states that Americans are drifting away from a belief in God as the only way to eternal life and are instead engaging in a “divine-deli-cafeteria” form of religion that basically assumes that whatever works for you will get you to heaven.
Essentially, you believe what you will and I will believe what I will, and we will all meet up after we die in heaven where we will live eternally.
Let’s break this down scientifically (and I hate math by the way):
- 76% of the population of our nation of 304,059,724 (Source: U.S. Census Bureau: http://su.pr/2evBjb) claim to be Christian.
- This comes out to roughly 231,085,390 American Citizens.
- 65% of the population of our nation believe that many religions can lead to eternal life.
- This comes out to roughly 197,638,820 American Citizens.
197,638,820 U.S. citizens believe that there are MANY religions that can lead to eternal life.
Now, I could go into a hypothesis about how that means that there is a minimum certain percentage of U.S. citizens that claim to be Christian that also believe that many religions can lead to eternal life, but that is not the overall point that I am trying to make here.
The point that I am trying to make here is this:
There are currently a minimum of 197,638,820 U.S. citizens that are seriously in need of a strong awakening that a belief in Jesus is the only way to obtain eternal life.
This is a cry of conviction. One that has stirred within my own heart thanks to God and this Newsweek article. A conviction within my own life as well as one that I want everyone else that I know to share.
If you believe in God, know Him, and follow Him, then I ask you to read this:
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” – 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (http://su.pr/2ucQUr)
If you are a Christian, before you dare even think that missions work is something that only takes place overseas in Africa and any other country before the U.S.; if you believe that you have to travel to some distant continent to share God’s love and truth; don’t be fooled, there are at least 197,638,820 people that are lost in the U.S. alone. As Christians we are called to be ambassadors of God to these people, this is irrefutable.
Please note though, if you feel God calling you to go to Africa or anywhere else then by all means go, I didn’t write this to stop you.
If you do not believe in God or are having doubts, then I ask you to read this:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16 (http://su.pr/25M9Hg)
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6 (http://su.pr/1zhmQn)
A belief in God isn’t just another part of the religious buffet line, where we can choose to take and believe what we want and discard the rest. There are not many paths to God, there is only one. And it is through a belief in Jesus Christ.
I found myself consistently needing to refocus my thoughts because I had so much to write on this subject. If you want to talk about it in detail, feel free to message me .
Please leave a comment letting me know what you think about this.