Occasionally, I take a look at the web searches that led people to this blog. I just find it interesting. One recent search I can’t get out of my head: “Why Should I Stay a Christian?” What a question! That got me thinking of how I might respond to that question. It strikes me that “Why should I stay a Christian?” is different than “Should I become a Christian?”
The searcher probably won’t check back here. But, just in case, here’s a paragraph or two. Feel free to add some of your own thoughts.
To you whom God loves:
I don’t know your story. I don’t know what’s causing you to consider leaving the Faith behind. I do know others who’ve asked the same question for a variety of reasons–and who knows–all or one of them may be yours. I know that often it’s the behavior of those claiming to be Jesus’ people. Sometimes it’s not understanding why God let those awful things happen to you. It might be a sense of failure at beating that addiction, or because the cost of discipleship seems too great right now.
I’ve had some of those same questions over the years–but one primary conviction has kept me tethered to the cross: the belief that Jesus is Lord. If you don’t believe that any more, than you aren’t a Christian any more. That’s what Christianity is about, first and foremost. Christianity is first about how you answer the question from Jesus: “Who do you say I am?” I believe Jesus is Lord. That is why I’m still a Christian–and hope to God you’ll remain one as well.
If you’re wondering whether He is, you’re like many who first heard Him preach. Keep listening. However, if you believe He is Lord, the best advice I can give you is to draw near to Him. He will draw near to you. Stand again at the foot of the cross and the empty tomb. Remember the stuggles of Christ’s disciples and how He overcame them. Remember His words. Remember Him.
If you believe Jesus is Lord, trust Him as you did at first. Surround yourself with other followers of Jesus who can walk through this with you. But, don’t give up. Remember that God will not allow you to be tempted above what you can bear. So, resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). If Jesus is Lord, He’s always worth all your life.
What might you add?