Monday, April 9, 2012

Fact or Faith: The Horse Must Pull the Cart

In recent times, in Christianity, much has been made of apologetics, or the ability to give a defense for, an account of, the facts which constitute our faith. To be sure... there are many "facts" to be accounted for in establishing the reasons for one's hope in Jesus Christ. There exist manuscript evidence, archaeological evidence, prophetic evidence, personal eyewitness evidence, etc. Christ-followers are, indeed, charged to equip themselves to be ready to give a reason for the hope in, and faith upon, Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (1 Peter 3:15).
But let it be stated, as equal truth, that along with the facts of faith, simple surrendering trust is also required. The facts of the Christian faith have always been, and will always be, scrutinized and vetted. Rightfully so. I believe they stand firm. But at the end of the day, and at the end of our days, we will all stand before God in judgment. We will be queried as to why we would be brought forth into the Kingdom of God. The ONLY correct response, according to all the factual evidences accumulated, is faith in Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). For without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
The facts are plenty. The doubts also abound. Genuine faith boils down to each individual's decision to trust and obey. Not a blind, ignorant faith with no foundation, but even with all the facts and arguments against faith combined ...we are left with a choice; a decision to "let go and let God" as it's been said.
Faith in Christ will cost you, at its onset, the freedom to run your own show and rule over your own life. There is a better, more joyful, plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11-13).
Facts alone won't save you or I. Only faith in the resurrected, living, Christ will do. Here's to making sure the horse pulls the cart.