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Twitter is not the place to post profound theology. You only get 140 characters (including spaces) to say something. Nevertheless, I recently posted on Twitter the reason why Jesus is the only way to Heaven (and I did it with two characters to spare!). I wrote: “There’s only one way to Heaven because there’s only one God that exists who’s made only one offer of forgiveness through His only one Son.” Though I didn’t write a lot, I still said a lot. It just needs to be unpacked.
Nervously I asked my friend, “Is your daughter a Christian?” “No,” she replied, “but that’s okay!” I thought to myself, That’s strange. Why would a mother be okay that her college-aged daughter wasn’t a Christian? Before I even asked, though, she began to clarify. “God promised me that if I raise my daughter in the ways of the Lord, she won’t depart from her faith when she’s older. I’ve done my part and raised my daughter as a Christian.
What if Lieutenant Columbo was a Christian? Instead of solving a crime, his task would be to present the Gospel. What would he say? How would he say it?
He thought he had me. I had presented a scientific case against abortion, but then he popped the question: “Wait a minute…are you a Christian?” “Yes,” I answered. “I get it,” he said, “It’s your religious beliefs that drive your thinking. The only reason you’re against abortion is because you’re a Christian.”
Social justice is trendy nowadays. Homelessness. Poverty. Human trafficking. It’s cool to care about these social ills, even among non-Christians. Curiously absent from the list is abortion. Indeed, many people complain that Christians focus too much on unborn babies and not enough on born people. Jesus said nothing about abortion, but said plenty about the poor and the hungry. So why do I talk about abortion so much.
John begins his Gospel with the miraculous event that justifies our Christmas celebration: “In the beginning was the Word…. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1,14). That is worth celebrating.
Islam is growing fast. One out of every five people on the planet is a Muslim. That makes them one of the largest unreached people groups. Sadly, 38,000 Muslims die every day and enter eternity without Christ. We need to hone our skills so we’re more effective at sharing the truth with them. The opportunity to tell Muslims about the Gospel is huge. You no longer have to cross the ocean to reach them. It’s possible that all you have to do is cross the street. Muslims live in most cities across our country, and many of them are eager to discuss spiritual topics.
By now you’ve either seen or heard about the Planned Parenthood videos. The Center for Medical Progress has been releasing undercover video footage exposing Planned Parenthood’s grisly practice of killing unborn children and selling their body parts. These videos, though, didn’t make Planned Parenthood evil.
I love Jesus, but sometimes He said troubling things. For example, Matthew quotes Jesus as saying, “Everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in Heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in Heaven” (Matt. 10:32-33). Deny Christ and you can be denied entry into Heaven. That’s harsh.
Sometimes when a person discovers I teach apologetics, they say, “You can’t argue someone into the Kingdom.” They’re aware of the arguments for God’s existence, the trustworthiness of the Bible, and the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. These arguments, they claim, address the head, but not the heart. That’s why they can’t lead anyone to a saving faith in Jesus.