It's Easter weekend -- celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ -- the FUNDAMENTAL event of Christianity.
Today (Saturday), Marc is running in a 50-mile race. As I type this, Luke is taking a nap. When he wakes up, he and I will head to the race finish and hopefully see Marc finish (I'll post more on that after this weekend).
But, here's something else on my mind right now.
Several months back, Marc and I were challenged a bit when a Facebook friend of Marc's made a status update. This friend happens to be a professed athiest.
Neither of us were quite sure how to comment to this friend in a way that professes our faith in Jesus Christ without turning him off.
Fast forward to my birthday (March 1)...Marc bought me several books I was wanting. One of them was this....
It's called Crazy Love by Francis Chan. You can also click HERE for the book's website. And, btw, there are some cool videos to watch on that site, if you get a chance.
**And, just as a side note -- I originally "heard" of this book through Meg's blog.
I've been reading through it. The author writes of a time he was speaking to some college students. He was asked NEARLY the same question as the statement that was made on Facebook by Marc's friend. Wow!
So, here it goes....
Question: Why would a loving God force me to love Him?
I L.O.V.E. how the author answers this question.
Answer: If God is truly the greatest good on this earth, would He be loving us if He didn't draw us toward what is best for us (even if that happens to be Himself)? Doesn't His courting, luring, pushing, calling, and even "threatening" demonstrate His love? If He didn't do all of that, wouldn't we accuse Him of being unloving in the end, when all things are revealed?
I showed that response to Marc the other night. He really liked it as well as I did.
What a way to explain something!
I do encourage you to read this book. I'm not quite 1/2 way through, and I'm pretty hooked. If I didn't have a toddler to chase around this evening at Marc's race, I'd probably be reading while I waited :)
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