Monday, July 13, 2009
Paul and Death Row Converts
Yesterday in church someone mentioned something about how we become outraged when people who have done awful things become Christians because we don't think they deserve Heaven. In this case we were speaking about Death Row Converts. Men( or sometimes women) that have done terrible thing such as killing multiple people, or even hundreds. Let's think back to biblical times though. Can anyone think of someone similar to these men? (Hint: i already told you in the title) very good it's Paul! Haha Before his conversion on the road to Damscus Paul was Saul. Saul killed many many Christians just because they were Christians, but then after his conversion he went on to bring many to Christ and write most of the new testament. Why do we love and study Paul and follow the things he teaches, but we become upset and angry when people today that do awful things get to go to Heaven? It's hypocritical of us I think. Everyone deserves grace and receives it from Christ. Even if you do become upset it doesn't matter because our God still has compassion on them. Being upset doesn't change the fact that they will go to Heaven. Maybe , though, just maybe we should try to be like Christ(Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live of a life of love, just as Christ loved us...-Ephesians 5:1) and have compassion on those on death row, on terrorists, on the person at work or school that isn't very nice, on everyone. We are called to be like Christ and see the world through His eyes. Let's see if we can really do it. When you have trouble just think about Paul and how he became someone worth watching in the world of Christianity.