“I used to be a Jew by birth, and now I’m a Jew by choice.” -Ginnifer Goodwin
It’s becoming an epidemic. Christian kids, growing up in the church, hearing the Bible every day, and then turning their backs the second they turn eighteen. Good kids, church kids, walking away from everything they’ve ever known as soon as they’re old enough to decide for themselves. Why? Because they never made their parents’ faith their own.
It seems like such a small thing, whether it’s your faith or not, but in reality, it’s everything. Your parents can’t save you. Your church can’t save you. Your friends can’t save you. Only Jesus can do that. He has to be your Savior, and nothing else really matters.
I used to call myself a Christian because my parents are. Because I’ve gone to church all my life. Because I own five Bibles and I’ve read them all. But it wasn’t real. It wasn’t from the heart; it was from a sense of duty. It was from a desire to please my parents and to do the “right thing.” But then I realized that that wasn’t what I wanted. I didn’t want to dedicate my whole life to faking my parents’ faith. I wanted to dedicate my life to a faith of my own.
Did it fix me? No. Did it solve all my problems? No. Is my life all sunshine and roses now? Heck no. But faith changed everything for me. It didn’t fix my problems, but it gave me a Rock to run to. It didn’t take the darkness, but it gave me a light to hold on to. It didn’t make life easy, but it gave me grace to make it through one day at a time.
I used to be a Christian by birth, and now I’m a Christian by choice. Are you?