Tuesday, November 01, 2011

It's A Warning, Not A Threat

There are warnings and cautions on everything, from Styrofoam coffee cups to electrical devices; from chemicals to cigarette packs; from mini-blinds to children’s toys.  We don’t feel threatened by them.  On the contrary, the warnings and messages of caution are there to protect us and to inform us of any danger that is associated with the labeled item.

Why is it when there is a warning or caution on an item, it’s taken as just that... a warning, but when A Christian tries to warn someone of the impending danger of a life lived without a relationship with God, it’s described as a threat?

Warning: Traveling down the path of destruction leads to spiritual death.

Caution:  Unless you are born again, you cannot enter the kingdom of God

Warning:  Eternal pain and suffering beyond this point.  Do not cross.

Caution:  Door closes at time of death.  Make preparations in advance.

I think when someone labels this type of warning as a "threat," they’re actually thinking of it as a threat to their own way of living.  They’re happy with how their life is going and they're willing to wait it out and see what happens when they enter the unknown at the moment of death.  Unfortunately, by that time it’s too late to change anything. 

I don’t expect any of my blog articles to change anyone’s heart... that’s God’s job not mine.  But I don’t want to just sit by without warning others that a life without Jesus means an eternity of separation from Him in a place of torment.

You can’t blame the stop sign for your accident if you refuse to do what it says.

You can’t blame the doctor for complications from surgery if he tells you to take a week off from work but you go into work anyway and aggravate the injury.

You can’t blame the utility company for cutting off service if you never paid the bill.

Well, you can’t blame God for eternity in hell if you never accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life.

Yes, it’s just that simple.  People want to make Christianity complicated, but it’s not.  Jesus said to believe in Him.  Confess your sins.  Accept Him as Lord and Savior of your life.  It’s that easy.  He doesn’t expect you to give up everything when you become a Christian.  God cleans up your life little by little, day by day.  When it comes time to give something up, you’ll WANT to give it up.  The longer we walk with the Lord the more we become like Him.

Before you blame someone for “threatening” you with hell, remember that God says you don’t have to go there, but as always, it’s your choice.   Whether you've made a choice to follow God or not, you’ve still made a choice.

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