Stanley Campbell didn’t get the message right
I would like to respond to the April 14-20 article Mr. Stanley Campbell wrote titled “We’ll be judged by how many poor people we help.” Mr. Campbell said in the beginning that Christianity is a nice story. Christianity isn’t a story; it is the truth. Then, he went on to say, “God becomes man and tells other men to love one another; then men get angry and string God up. God comes back and tells them they’re forgiven.”
But Mr. Campbell didn’t get the story quite right. God gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die in our place, and yes, men got angry and “nailed” him to the cross. He told his Father while on the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Jesus went willingly to the cross. Afterward, he appeared again on the third day to teach [that] repentance and remission of sin should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning with Jerusalem. (Luke 24:46-47–look it up). When Jesus was speaking in Matt. 25:32-33, he was telling a parable to those who “know” him. There are a lot of “religious” people going to hell. Religion doesn’t save people from going to hell. Asking Jesus for forgiveness of your sins, accepting the payment he gave on the cross, and having a relationship with him is what gives you life in heaven. Jesus loved the humble, but didn’t like pride and braggers. Read Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace are ye saved, through faith and not that of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.” Yes, God wants us to give to the poor. Look at Hollywood; they give to the poor, but that won’t get you to heaven. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
But first you must know him. As for the heavenly bus dream of Mr. Campbell, Job 1:21 says: “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither; the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” We came into this world with nothing, and when we leave, we take nothing, so Mr. Campbell doesn’t need to worry about hanging onto his stuff. As for the church, it is to preach and teach the Good News. As for your comments about the Tea Party, a lot of the Tea Party people love God, give to the poor, and want to go back to the principles this country was founded on. God said in II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
I want a healed America. Let’s turn back to God.
From the May 12-18, 2010 issue