Wednesday, 18 January 2012

I've been re-visiting some of the Christian titles that have been pivotal in my development of faith; mainly because the past year has been a year of great change and I feel a need to regain lost ground (though  there are loads in the bookshed that remain untouched). Still, its interesting to discover fresh insights to passages that I've read  before. Here's something that caught my attention.

Been reading Lewis and his extremely grounded, rational and structured approach toward Christianity. It's almost funny that he spent most of his teenage years as a convinced atheist (ironically, his rationality being one of the factors preventing himself from embracing Christianity) before he made a logical decision that Christ must be the way, truth and life. He then went on to coin his famous adage: "You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call Him Lord and God."

On the surface, we all see rationality as his Salvation. Of course, we don't actually say it, but that's what we think. We think that if all the evidence for and against Christ was laid before us, we'd be overwhelmed and have no choice but to accept the facts the same way Lewis did. It might very well be the case, but that would sadly be missing the main ingredient. We forget that Salvation isn't a decision- it is a gift from God and found in Christ, by the Spirit. 

People come to Christ through different vehicles, but its the same God that initiates and saves.


In pursuing others for Christ by whatever means- serious in-depth debates, lifestyle evangelism, preaching, special events or outreach- it'd  be wise to remember who the author of Salvation is. And from there, build our ministry upon this foundation. 

"Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God."

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