A friend reminded me of this clip so I wanted to run it again. The video is fictional, of course, but the premise occurs countless times every day around the world: People need and want forgiveness, but the world tells them lies.
Christianity has the truth and the Good News, but far too many people claiming the name of Christ are unequipped and/or unwilling to share it, even when asked. If that applies to you, then do something about it. Right away! I recommend Tactics by Greg Koukl as a great way to learn how to share your faith as an effective ambassador and apologist for Christ, just as the scriptures command.
2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.1 Peter 3:15–16 (ESV) but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.
It was surprising but so encouraging to see that the clip below was on the TV show ER a couple years back.
The chaplain is the classic fake Christian you’d expect to find in most theologically liberal churches today. I love how the patient doesn’t buy her “just make up a god in your own image” type of platitudes.
The money quotes from the dying patient:
All I’m hearing is some new age “God is love” one-size-fits-all crap . . . I don’t have time for this now . . . I want a real chaplain who believes in a real God and a real Hell . . . I don’t need to “ask myself,” I need answers, and all your questions and uncertainty are only making things worse . . .
I need someone who will look me in the eye and tell me how to find forgiveness, because I am running out of time!
Hey Christians, time to fire up! Some people don’t want the truth. But there are lots of real people like this in the world who need and want the truth. They must be so sick of the lies and the politically correct “God is whoever you want him to be” nonsense taught by the world and by far too many churches. Is it really so hard to understand that you do not get to tell the creator of the universe how eternity works? You don’t set the terms and conditions of salvation any more than you get to tell your boss to triple your pay and give you 50 weeks of vacation, or tell your teacher that he must give you an A without you coming to class.
Are you ready to tell people the truth and the Good News? Forgiveness, redemption and eternal life are possible, but only through trust in Jesus.