Live the truth of Christ
Published 8:29 am Friday, January 20, 2023
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Dear Rev. Graham: I’m desperate to find the answer to my dilemma. My friends continually berate me for living a squeaky-clean life because I will not live with my boyfriend and party with them. They call me holier than thou. I’m a Christian but I feel so alone when they tell me they are Christians also. Can this really be the case? — L.H.
Dear L.H.: The Bible says that in the last days [people] will be lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (see 2 Timothy 3). Many people brag about the good times they have, knowing down deep they are living a life of sin. The Bible says there’s a certain pleasure in sin but it’s short-lived and fatal. Some try to shut out the truth by surrounding themselves with like-minded people. But the day is coming when every human being will stand alone before Almighty God. That will be the climax of aloneness.
The story is told of the fatal duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Even before the fatal shot was fired and the bloody deed was done, Burr felt the loneliness of his sin. In a few hours, he was to be a fugitive from the sudden and deep abhorrence of his fellow citizens. His political career was gone forever, and his great ambitions were wrecked. For all of these who travel the pathway of sin, there is an engulfing isolation. Sin eventually leads to darkness.
The greatest thing Christians can do is live the truth of Christ before the world and pray for the lost, that they will respond to the Holy Spirit of God drawing them to the foot of the cross where sin is forsaken and Christ’s salvation received. The Bible says, “I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you” (Isaiah 41:10). The Savior of the world empowers belief in Him to overcome sin that besets the human race.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)