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I’m almost afraid to admit it, and someone might leave Church on the Ridge because of it, but I watched the State of the Union address Tuesday. (Now I know how some of you feel when I preach too long.) It was long, but I think it was a good speech. I’m not advocating President Trump or the Republican Party, just acknowledging appreciation for my country of birth and some of his words.  I felt national pride and strong feelings for the men and women who were introduced, and for some policies that were addressed.

One thing that caught my attention was, “In America we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of American life. Our motto is ‘In God We Trust.’”  No government or president can solve our problems. Christ alone can. Jesus’ follower, Peter, declared, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12 NIV).

Trying to appeal to Christian voters, many politicians dabble in a watered-down version of Christianity that is actually not Christianity at all.  America’s downfall will not be at the hands of government, but the apathy of her Christians who believe the lie that almost Christian is Christian enough.

Here are a few almost-Christian lies.

  • While the Bible as a whole comes from God, certain passages are not to be taken seriously and are mere human inventions.
  • While certain miracles central to the Christian faith must be believed, especially Christ’s resurrection from the dead, other miracle accounts in the Scripture are merely expressions of simple people.
  • Christians should believe in the Resurrection of Christ, not in an empty tomb but that His spiritual presence is alive in His followers.
  • Jesus does not need to save people, because many people do not feel the need to be saved. It’s better to look at Him as the greatest moral teacher in the history of the world.
  • To see Jesus as unique or superior to other religious leaders is arrogant and cultural chauvinism. God reveals Himself in every culture in different ways (James Hitchcock What is Secular Humanism, RC Books, New York, 1982).

When a follower of Christ embraces the lie, Christianity is stripped of power and life-changing strength. America is falling and its hope is found only in God’s love and grace, revealed to us through His son, Jesus. We are recipients of that grace and must be purveyors of it. In order to effectively share the message, you must fully believe the message. Paul said it like this, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 3:15 NIV).

Last weekend I asked, “Who will be in heaven because of you?” It was meant to get you off the fence and in the game – do not think a political party has the answer to our needs. Do not believe the lie of the almost-Christian. Our nation needs all of us at Church on the Ridge to uncompromisingly hold to and share the message of life to our dying country. We may be the only Bible many people ever read.

I love you and look forward to seeing you this Super Bowl weekend.

In Him,

Charlie