Christianity is a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ
Published 2:41 pm Saturday, September 3, 2022
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Dear Rev. Graham: I am a social worker and deal with many children from broken homes. I’ve also had the privilege of working with the foster care program and other outreaches through my church. I’ve had many chances to encourage children when they are placed in a loving home with people who will treat them well, but one of the hardest things is when children have no background of church, the Bible, or God. Does the Bible speak about orphans? – C.C.
Dear C.C.: Jesus said, “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18). In contrast, when Socrates was about to die, one of his disciples mourned that he was leaving his followers orphans. The leaders of the world’s religions were unable to promise that they would never leave their followers. The Bible is filled with promises from the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who said, “He who believes in Me, believes… in Him who sent Me.… I have come as a light into the world…. I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me…. I and My Father are one” (John 14:44, 46, 49, John 10:30).
Christianity is a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith in Christ carries the truth of redemption by the death of our Savior for our sins on the cross; it carries the fact that Christ rose again. Religion can be anything. But true Christianity is God coming to mankind in a personal relationship, and this is where His promise is certain, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). He is the One and only God (Isaiah 45:5). Trust in Him today.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)