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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Religion: What Is Needed

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail, in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail; thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end, our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend. (Lyrics from "O Worship the King").

In the blog yesterday I explained how a son received a deep sense of worth when he discovered that years before his father sacrificed  his life for him when the father received fatal injuries rescuing his infant son from a burning building.  This story was in the way of explaining how the crucifixion of Jesus can serve to bring a sense of personal worth and value to believing Christians.  However, Christians believe that Christ was much more than a martyr, they believe that he is the risen Son of God. While this instills hope for eternal life, perhaps much more importantly it brings sustaining hope into everyday practical affairs.  For Jesus does not only redeem souls, he redeems otherwise hopeless situations.  Every human has many times faced situations that seemed hopeless, without reason or purpose--interruptions and detours that frustrated plans and dreams.  The Redeemer assists in recovering from hopeless situations by offering nonrational hope--miraculous hope.  God is not a Fantasy Five god, nor is that what man needs.  What he needs is a Savior willing to get down in the dirt with him and help him recover and to avoid debilitating despair.  Finally Christians have a vital role to play throughout their lives in thought, word, and deed. They are to be witnesses for Christ.  In five words this means living a life of humility, truth, kindness, courage, and love. 

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