Repent and believe. Seriously. God commanded it.

Eternity is a mighty long time.  Here’s the Good News: By God’s grace alone, He adopts, completely forgives and eternally blesses everyone who repents and trusts in Jesus.

Brandon had a great list of passages to consider in Do you have to repent to be saved? « Touch ya Neighbor Ministries:

God said repent: (Ezekiel 18:30-32; Acts 17:30), the Prophets said repent: (1 Kings 8:47-49; Ezra 10:11; Isaiah 55:6-7; Isaiah 1:16-17), John the Baptist said repent: (Matthew 3:1-12; Mark 1:4; Luke 2:3; Luke 2:8),Jesus said repent: (Mark 1:14-15; Luke 5:32; Luke 13:5; Luke 15:7; Matthew 4:17; acts 5:31), the disciples said repent: (Mark 6:12), Paul said repent: (Romans 2:4-5; 2 Corinthians 7-10; Acts 17:30), Peter said repent: (Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19-20; Acts 11:18), John said repent: (Revelations 2:5; Revelations 2:16; Revelations 3:3; Revelations 3:19), James said repent: (James 4:9-10).

My favorite (I love Acts 17!):

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead. Acts 17:30-31

Point people to the Word (Jesus – John 1) and the word (the Bible).

Roman soldiers in the Bible

sword.jpgA Christian leader I really respect claimed that he couldn’t be a policeman because his faith wouldn’t permit it.  I don’t have a desire to be a policeman, but we need Christians in all kinds of jobs like that. Why would anyone want all the police to be non-Christians?!

The Bible has nothing to indicate that Christians couldn’t hold positions in law enforcement and the military.  Nothing.  Check out Jesus’ reaction to the Roman Centurion’s faith (Luke 7), the story of Peter and Cornelius (another Centurion) in Acts 10 or even John the Baptist’s discussion with soldiers in Luke 3 (“Then some soldiers asked him [John], “And what should we do?”  He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”)

Some might call this is arguing from silence, but it sure seems that those would have been golden opportunities for Jesus or John to recommend a change of profession – especially in the case of John the Baptist where soldiers specifically asked, “And what should we do?”

The real argument from silence would be for someone to imply that being a law enforcement officer or a soldier is in any way a breach of Christian ethics. That is 100% man-made and not in the Bible.  If people want to take other jobs as they live out their faith, that is terrific.  And they could be conscientious objectors if there was a draft.  But it is unfair to dedicated soldiers and police officers to imply that their jobs violate scripture.

I encourage you to read Sheep, wolves and sheepdogs as well.  I think part of the problem is that people don’t realize how crucial “sheepdogs” are for a peaceful society, and that God has given governments the responsibility to protect their citizens.