(By CP Cartoonist Rod Anderson)
If you are going to make the monumental decision to reject the love of Jesus and His offer of salvation, then at least avoid the trap of doing so for the wrong reason. In other words, get your money's worth out of your decision.
There are plenty of wrong reasons to reject Christ, such as:
"I don't want to become a Christian because I knew a Christian who was judgmental." OK. So you knew a professing Christian who didn't impress you. So what? There are imposters in every group, and even those who are the genuine article can have a bad day, right?
"I don't like the politics of some Christians." OK. But since when did Jesus ever say that you have to follow a particular political path in order to be his disciple? Don't allow the politics of some Christians to keep you from a personal relationship with the Lord. It's not worth it.
"I approach things scientifically rather than from a faith perspective." OK. But so do many Christians. They approach things scientifically, and yet, they also believe in Jesus as their Savior. They cannot prove scientifically that there is a heaven and a hell, but they are convinced these places exist based on the words of Scripture.
"I may come to Christ later." Come on. We both know that the words of Jesus about heaven and hell are not the sort of thing that a person can honestly "put on the back burner." If paradise is as great as Jesus said it is, and hell is as terrible as Christ described it to be, then I will get on board immediately if I believe Him. If I don't believe Him, I won't get on board.
"The Bible is just a bunch of myths." Oh really. If you honestly believe that, then you haven't done your homework. Perhaps you have been listening to those who are intent on trying to tear down the one book which has endured thousands of attacks against it. The Scriptures are a supernatural revelation and an accurate history of many important events. This book is alive, plain and simple.
"Christians must be out of their minds to believe this stuff." Oh yeah? Check out C.S. Lewis, Ravi Zacharias, and Josh McDowell, for starters. There are many more where they came from.
"A loving God would never send people to hell." So would a loving God send His only Son to suffer and die for your sins?
"I don't want anyone, including Jesus, to be the 'Lord' of my life." Now we are getting somewhere. If there could be some "right" reasons to reject the Messiah, this would be one of them. It's honest, albeit misguided and tragic.
"I believe Jesus was lying." Here is another "right" reason.
"I believe Jesus was out of his mind." Fair enough. That is an honest evaluation by some unbelievers of the One millions of Christians worship as their Creator and Redeemer.
Here are the facts: There is absolute truth. There is absolute right and wrong. And Jesus was more than just another famous person in history. He was, and is, and always will be the eternal God, along with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
If you are going to reject Him, don't you think you should take some time to consider whether your reasons for rejecting Him are worthy of leading you to make such a drastic decision?
Ultimately, is there ever a right reason to reject Jesus? Of course not. Just look at the outcomes for those who accept Him, as compared to those who reject Him. Having said that, there are logical perceptions which lead some people to reject Jesus. Some don't want anyone telling them what to do. Others believe Jesus was lying. And still others believe Jesus was out of His mind. While misguided, these positions are logical to man's natural understanding.
If you are going to say "no" to the One who suffered and died on the cross for your eternal salvation, then at least do so for the "right" reasons. If you are determined to miss out on what Jesus offers, then at least get your money's worth now. There certainly won't be anything to enjoy or celebrate on the back end of your decision.