I recently read Gil Ward’s Feb. 7 letter to the editor and was a little surprised at his reasoning that Christianity is a hard sell. It may be a hard sell to some, but that takes nothing away from the truth that Jesus saves lives.
Mr. Ward said, “Christianity is not practical because it takes away our own individuality, and our ability to make our own decisions and to live our lives in freedom.”
First, Mr. Ward makes a category mistake. If Christianity takes away individuality, that has nothing to do with it being practical nor whether it is true or not. As a Christian, my individuality is still completely intact.
Second, I make my own decisions all the time. I actually have the freedom to make all kinds of decisions.
Third, God is so committed to free will that He allows every person to decide whether they want to follow Him or not. After that, it is a matter of following through with your decision.
Fourth, freedom always has a cost. As a former Marine, I know the cost of giving up years of my life so this nation can be free, and I thank the many who have sacrificed their lives so that I can be free. Jesus sacrificed His life so that I can be free from living a life that is centered on me.
Mr. Ward said, “This kind of surrender (to Jesus) goes against our own nature.” There are plenty of things that go against my nature, but I do them because it is right to do so. It is against my nature to clean up after myself; I don’t want to do it. But I do so because it is the right thing to do.
The issue is not whether something is natural or practical. The issue is: What is true? Christianity is not about salesmanship; Christianity is about truth. If there is a God, He deserves our attention.