You can’t figure out God.
Christianity is not true because it works.
In many cases, it does not work. That is to say, it does not solve all of the problems that we think it should solve. Those who become Christians because they were told it would fix their marriages, only to find themselves in divorce court, might well give up on Christianity. Those who expected to be free of sinful habits and desires after a conversion in which “sudden victory” was promised may find themselves disillusioned with God altogether soon thereafter, when they realize that they are still sinners saved by grace.
We are not called here this afternoon to judge God. God didn’t promise any of us health, wealth, and happiness. In fact, he tells us that we who expect to share in Christ’s glory will also participate in his suffering. [Romans 8:17] Christianity is true, not because it works for people but because nearly 2,000 years ago, outside of the center-city of Jerusalem, the Son of God was crucified for our sins and was raised for our justification. [Romans 4:25]
This historical event may not fix our marriages, our relationships or our messed-up lives the way we would like, and in the timing, we would like, but it saves us from the wrath of God to come. And surely in view of this, all else pales not into insignificance, but into secondary importance to that great issue. “For it is appointed for a man once to die, and then the judgment.” [Hebrews 9:27]
Christianity offers hope even when it doesn’t work.
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