Two things happened some days ago that inspired this note. I read that Meriam Ibrahim had been freed from prison and her death sentence overturned. If you don’t know her, she is the pregnant Sudanese lady who was sentenced to death for apostasy (converting from Islam to Christianity).
The second one was receiving a pamphlet
from the Yes Together Scottish campaign group. The group took time to
put some very convincing reasons why Scotland is better being inside the
UK than as an independent country. And then they asked people to make
an informed choice in the referendum; not out of fear, or out of some
nationalistic pride, but based on facts.
In many ways,
this ability of people to choose is what makes Christianity so
appealing. Unlike other religions that thrive on fear and force,
Christianity offers freedom of choice.
The God who made us and knows
what is best for us loves us too much to demand that we serve Him by
force. He respects our self–will. Like every parent, He knows what lies
ahead and gives us guidelines to follow for our good. But if we decide
not to follow them, He lets us be.
says in Luke 10:27, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with
all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind…”
It’s amazing that He includes mind, and it’s because He wants us to
think, to reason and then come to the realization that He is worthy of
love and worship. He doesn’t want us to become robots, who serve Him
because we have been programmed to do so.
is not only to non-Christians, but to Christians as well. We have to
know why we serve God. And I think it should be in appreciation of His
love for us, not because our parents said so. I hope we can find out the
truth of who God is and what He has done for us, so that we will love
Him in appreciation with our hearts, our souls, our strength and especially our
For me I chose to love Him because I found out over the years,
that He is a true friend who loves me with the protective love of a
father and the nurturing love of a mother. Why do you love Him?