Christians need to stop making excuses and welcome God into their lives, the Rev. Billy Graham says.
The founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association wrote in a question-and-answer column published in the Kansas City Star on Tuesday that Christians need to stop coming up with reasons not to strengthen their relationship with God, saying that some have a misconception that Christianity is an "unbalanced" way to live one's life.
"I don't know how you decided that Christians are unbalanced, or that God doesn't want us to enjoy life, but you're wrong," Graham writes, referencing John 10:10 which reads: "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
Graham goes on to say that when people feel like something is missing in their life, it is likely God.
"Yes, right now life seems stable and happy, but what of the future? Where will you turn if illness strikes, or some other disaster threatens to overtake you? And even now, to whom can you turn when you face major decisions and don't know which way to go?" the evangelical leader questions.
"If God didn't love you, then your feelings about Him might be justified," Graham continues. "But God does love you and your family, and He wants what is best for you. The proof is that he sent His Son into the world to give His life for us."
"Don't be deceived, and don't come to the end of your life some day and realize you've taken the wrong road. Instead, turn to Jesus Christ and invite Him to come into your lives," the Baptist minister concludes, citing Psalm 16:11 which reads: "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence."
Graham expounded on the importance of God in another recent blog post, writing that it is impossible for people to be fully good without Christ in their lives.
"Yes, sometimes we are capable of great good — but unfortunately the human race is also capable of great evil," Graham explains.
"It isn't that we don't know better, or we just need to be told to be good. The problem is deeper than this — within our own hearts and minds. Instead of being filled with love and compassion, we are ruled by selfishness and pride," the evangelical leader continues. "This is why we need Christ, for only He can forgive us and begin changing us from within. By nature we are separated from God, and our greatest need is to be reconciled to the One who made us."