It is becoming more and more less common for Americans to identify as a Christian. In fact, in some circles, it is almost considered a curse. Humanism seems to be the sophisticated choice. So arises the question, “Why be a Christian?”
Let us consider some things that may help determine our choice.
Language in modern society has consistently degraded as communication has increased. With new technology, one might think that communication would have become more and more enlightened. The English language was at its apex when Shakespeare penned his works. It was at that time when the Authorized King James Version of the Bible was published. It is still a bastion of how great the English language was.
But, since that time, the language has had many assaults. This is not to malign colloquialism, but it does bespeak a decline in clear communication from one generation to the next. Without this clear communication, a moral society cannot be passed to the following generation.
So it is that we see that there must be something that is consistent if a society is to be continued. As much as we Americans pride ourselves in our nation, we have forgotten the foundation on which it was founded. Many think that its foundation is the US Constitution. On the surface that is true. But, the foundation of the US Constitution is the Holy Bible. The founding fathers all acknowledged the God of the Bible. Most were practicing Christians. When they laid out the Constitution, their framework was taken straight from the Bible. The teachings of the Bible have not changed since the US Constitution was first drafted. So, it is normal, as a Christian to line up the Constitution with the teachings of the Bible.
One of the advantages of being a practicing Christian is the knowledge of the Bible. This has a direct bearing on the understanding of the Constitution. Without that Biblical undergirding, all kinds of illogical fantasies can be imagined.
Why be a Christian? Clearly, one advantage is the ability to be founded on a firm foundation of logic and consistency.
More answers to “Why be a Christian?”
Morality seems to be a malleable concept. It becomes whatever is convenient for a given situation. This is what America is experiencing in the 21st century. Almost anything goes. What used to be considered nasty and harmful is now considered acceptable. Lying is the norm among politicians. Promiscuity is rampant in the public arena. Filthy communication is considered the standard instead of being condemned.
The humanist has no unwavering standards by which to judge public actions. Rather, whatever seems right or is convenient is the working standard. The Christian standard in opposition to that is found in the Bible in Collosians 4:6. It says, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” That, alone, would promote a more civil society. Unfortunately, it would also put a lot of politicians out of work. It is an established fact that most politicians lie most of the time.
Being a Christian lifts one to a higher level than that of a politician. The politician must answer to his constituents. A Christian politician would have to answer not only to his constituents but to his God. And that God is the God of the Bible, Who has clearly laid out His guidelines of truth.
Being a Christian makes not only a good person, but a good politician. Wouldn’t you rather have a Christian representing you than a non-Christian? (I do not mean “Christian” in name only, but one who lines up with the scripture in action.)
Why be a Christian in business
The business realm is an area that would seem to be a challenge for the Christian. Many perceive the business world as a “dog eat dog” arena. For the secular humanist, it is just such a world. They take the evolutionist view of the survival of the fittest.
With the humanist view, whatever you can get away with is OK. An extreme example of such would be the “mafia” of past generations. To some degree or another, that is still the attitude of the humanist, though they deny it.
Contrast to Christian approach
How does that contrast to the Christian approach? In Luke 6:31, Jesus said this. “As you would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” The Christian does not wait for someone to do good to him, but rather chooses to do good to them.
The secular humanist tries to manipulate as many people as possible. The Christian seeks to serve as many people as possible. It is a totally different approach. Yes, both can function in a capitalistic society. Both can succeed in that society. The question is, “Which one sleeps better each night?” “Which promotes goodwill and prosperity for many as opposed to a few?” The answer is obvious.
Which would you rather be?
Other benefits of being a Christian
What about the common man? Are there benefits of being a Christian?
One of the first attributes of a Christian is that of joy. Now you may have been exposed to the false representation of Christians by the movie or TV industry. But the true description of a Christian is found in the Bible. That is the true source of what being a Christian is. Anything else will mislead you.
Let me share some scripture verses with you from the Bible. Remember now, this is the Word of God that never changes and will endure forever.
But let all those that put their trust in you rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because you defend them: let them also that love your name be joyful in you.
You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace, the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing; and all the trees of the fields shall clap their hands.
We live in a time where true joy is unheard of. People may get excited about sports events or entertainment or even politics. But real joy is a rare commodity. It does not come from outward circumstances. Joy must proceed from within one’s spirit. To deny the existence of one’s spirit is to deny the opportunity for true joy.
To know real joy one must know the author of joy. That author is the One Who created all things.
Another great answer to the question, “Why be a Christian?”, is “Peace”.
There are many people alive today who have never known what peace in the world is. Most people define “peace” as “the absence of conflict”. To get to the truth of peace one must define the “conflict”.
To varying degrees “conflict” may be defined as “disagreement between parties”. Sometimes that disagreement leads to outward hostilities. More often, it is just dislike and bad attitudes between parties.
Most of the time these hostilities are dealt with on the surface only. Two countries may decide to limit the number of missiles they may deploy. This stops war from starting but does not address the core problem, their hatred of one another.
There have been instances where enemies have resolved problems and became friends. Examples might be the US and Great Britain(Revolutionary War); US and Japan, etc.
To achieve that peace the two parties had to have a change of heart toward one another. For the individual to have inner peace, he must address his adversary. With whom are you at war with?
The beginning of hostilities
The beginning of all human hostilities began over 6000 years ago. It began in a place called the Garden of Eden. If you are just a little familiar with the Bible you recognize this place. It was a paradise prepared for the first man and his mate. They were created in perfection by their Creator.
Everything was perfect. They were given dominion over the whole creation and were to supervise it and direct it. There was only one provision in their lease of God’s creation. They had access and control of all creation except for one tree. It was the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. All the other trees and creation was at their disposal for their use and good. But of that “certain” tree they could not eat. If they did, they would die.
Why the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil”? Simply stated, the Creator would define what was good and what was evil. He would not leave it to the created to determine the outcome of His creation.
The conflict begins
The Bible records that Adam and Eve decided that they would determine right and wrong. They rebelled against their Creator and ate of the “forbidden fruit”. Being a just God, the Creator had to expel them from His presence. As the scripture says, “in dying you shall die,” so humankind began to die. They had already experienced the death of separation from their Creator.
Thus the conflict began. Humankind has constantly rebelled against the Creator and His plan for them. We do not have to overtly declare rebellion. We are born into a family that is in rebellion. In time it is manifested in all humans. We are innately rebellious because of our forefather Adam. John the apostle states it this way when he recorded Jesus’ statement to Nicodemus.
He who believes in Him(Jesus) is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already,..
Simply by being born into the human race, you are a member of a rebellious family.
Resolving the conflict
If one is to have peace he must resolve the conflict.
According to the covenant established in the Garden of Eden, someone must die. Have you noticed that normal human beings do all they can to avoid death? Death is what all humans fear most. If we are to find peace and joy we must find a way to defeat death. If we can defeat death we can find peace and joy.
As stated above, we are all born into a state of antagonism with our Creator. This is not because we have done anything bad, but because we are descendants of Adam. That will be made evident as we grow and rebel against our Creator. Whether you are aware or not, all antagonism is rooted in our rebellion against our Creator. It is this situation that must be addressed before we can have peace within.
How can one resolve the conflict? One must first recognize that there is a conflict. The secular humanist does not recognize any such thing. He, or she, does not even recognize a creator. They believe in evolution. Therefore, there is no creator and no need to resolve any conflict. Humanists will never have peace nor will they desire peace. After all, conflict is the natural outcome of survival of the fittest. If you do not acknowledge the conflict and its need for resolution, you will forever be in turmoil.
Beginning of resolution
If you have acknowledged the conflict and realize that there must be a resolution, you are ready for peace. But, how can it be resolved? The covenant said that we would have to die because we broke the covenant. That is right. Someone must die.
Our Creator is totally righteous. That means that He always abides by the rules. Someone must die to satisfy the covenant. This is explained in Romans 5:6-8.
The infinite triune Creator in the form of the Son, Jesus, took the sins of all of mankind and paid the price. He suffered an eternal separation from the Father to pay the price for every person’s sin. That is why the angels sang “Glory to God, Peace on earth toward men”. Jesus had come in human form to pay the price for all human beings.
The final test
Just as the Creator gave Adam the choice in the Garden of Eden, so He gives us each a choice. You see, there can not be love without a choice. God desires that you love Him, but gives you the choice whether you do or not. The price for peace with God has been paid. You must receive it through Jesus. That is the only way.
Adam thought he had another way. He was wrong.
Jesus put it this way:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
The only way
Jesus is the only way. There is no other. Do not be like the first Adam and think you can figure out another way to have peace.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world give, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Why be a Christian?
It is not the only reason to be a Christian, but having peace is a very good beginning. You can have that peace beginning right now. By admitting your rebellion and turning from it you can receive Jesus as your way to peace.