BILLY GRAHAM

Don’t let cynicism keep you from Christ

Updated: 2013-06-19T00:05:36Z

By BILLY GRAHAM

Tribune Media Services

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM:: I’m in jail, and the only reason people here turn to religion is so they’ll impress the parole board and get out earlier. They even laugh and admit it privately. As far as I’m concerned, religion is just a fake, and I don’t want anything to do with it. What would you say to that? — J.H.

DEAR J.H.: It may surprise you to learn that some of Jesus’ strongest words were directed at hypocrites — those who claimed to believe in God and follow him, but in reality were only fakes. He said, “Woe to you, … you hypocrites! … full of greed and self-indulgence” (Matthew 23:25).

Just because some of your fellow prisoners apparently have an insincere faith doesn’t mean all Christians do, or that Jesus Christ can’t change your life. This is why I urge you to look at Jesus Christ, and not just at those who claim to be his followers. Get a Bible and begin reading about Jesus in one of the Gospels (I suggest you begin with John).

Even the most sincere and dedicated Christian is imperfect, but Jesus Christ is not, for He was God in human form, who came down from heaven to save us from sin’s power. He did this by willingly giving his life for us through his death on the cross. Now he offers forgiveness and salvation to all who repent of their sins and invite him to come into their lives. The Bible says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

The greatest discovery you’ll ever make is that God loves you, and that Christ can free you from sin’s power. Don’t let anything — your cynicism, your anger, your sin, or anything else — keep you from Jesus Christ. “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Ephesians 1:7).

© Tribune Media Services 6/18

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