I have many very good friends who are Jewish. I have found them to be intelligent, talented and faithful. I have family members and friends who are members of churches other than Baptist. We still correspond and respect choice of lifestyles and church with love for the person. I have led music in practically every Protestant church and I still am “Southern Baptist” at heart. Actually, over all those years, we have never discussed religions. My Dad and his brother would wiggle around the issue, but it never came to an ‘incident’. I have wondered if these friends and kin believe we will be united in the presence of Almighty GOD, someday. As far as I am concerned that can only be determined by one’s individual faith and belief in GOD’s Promise and Provision. The only time I have really gotten into a theological discourse was with a Saudi Prince. He came to visit with my brother-in-law for Thanksgiving a few years back. He was a ‘boarder’ with them in Arlington, Texas while attending SMU in Dallas. He was a neat young man with manners. One night, we were getting to know each other better and he asked, “What is your religious belief?” I thought, “This is the first time I have been asked that during general conversation”. Thrilled to respond, I told him just who JESUS CHRIST was to me and what HE did for me. He then explained his faith in the teaching of the Prophet Mohammed. He made it a point to say that he didn’t have a desire to kill anyone who did not share his belief. When we got to the point of the basis of our faiths, he explained that the Prophet’s revelation of God’s laws was the basis of his assurance of a joyous life hereafter. Interestingly , how fervently he stood on his ‘faith’ in the words of Mohammed, yet was skeptical of my faith on the WORD of GOD. I felt something missing on my part. Adrian Rogers said it much better in “Love Worth Finding”:
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” – 1 Peter 3:15 Dr. Rogers went on to write: Sometimes during an interview a reporter may ask me, “Do you think a Jew without Jesus is lost?” If I say, “Yes,” then I will look like a racist or a bigot. If I say, “No,” then, I have dishonored the Lord Jesus Christ who died for the sins of all people. So, how do I answer? I say, “Friend, I believe that one of my own children without Jesus would be lost. It doesn’t matter whether he’s a Jew or a Gentile. You see, God demands absolute perfection and none of us can provide it. That’s why we need the gospel. We need Jesus. We need the righteousness of God that comes by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.” What would you say if someone asked you that question? Ask the Lord to prepare you.
This explained my sense of inadequacy in my conversation with the Prince. I had failed to ask the LORD to prepare me. That is why I ‘study’ HIS WORD for ‘waterwader’, daily. The proper solution results from reading:
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” – 1 Peter 3:15