Why I’m a Christian (And Continue to Suck at Being One)
Benjamin Sledge

I deeply appreciate the emotion in your article, but I’m concerned that someone who knows little about Christianity or Christ will be misled by the sentiment.

I adore the Lord. He is loving and compassionate and has brought more to my life than I can articulate. He is merciful and gracious. He saved me. He protects me and provides for me. He comforts me. His faithfulness is not dependent on my faithfulness. Thank God!

The Lord is also holy and sinless. He calls us to repent from sin, too.

You mention that following Christ means giving up your whole life, but you don’t expand on that thought. I fear it may get lost. Giving up your life means turning away from sin. Period. We will stumble. We will fall. Sometimes spectacularly. But we are still called to try. In earnest. Without excuses. We’re also called to confess our sins to God. It’s a conscious choice that rises above the level of an epiphany.

So, while I agree with most everything you wrote, I’m worried about what you didn’t. Anyone looking for a “feel good” religion who believes she can come to Christ on her own terms is mistaken (Commenter you gravely err when you state that Christ doesn’t care if we worship him — that’s Commandment #1), and yes, may find herself approaching Jesus with presumption and then being told “I never knew you. Depart from me.” (Matthew 7:23)

That being said, the bible states that ANYONE who seeks Christ with a sincere heart will find him (Jeremiah 29:13). Now that’s good news!

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