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Wayward Sons

A Jewish man named Levi was troubled by the life his son had chosen, and he went to see his life long friend, Mordecai, to discuss the problem.

"Mordecai," he said, "I have brought my son up in the Jewish faith, gave him a very expensive bar mitzvah, and paid a fortune to educate him. Then he tells me last week that he's decided to become a Christian. Where did I go wrong?"

"Funny you should come to me," said Mordecai. "I too brought my son up in the faith, sent him to the best schools at great expense, only to find out that he has converted to the Christian faith. I have been in great turmoil over this."

The two men decided to ask their rabbi for advice.

"Funny you should come to me," said the rabbi after hearing the men's stories. "Like you two, I brought my son up in the faith and put him through the university, which cost me a fortune. Then one day he too tells me that he has decided to become a Christian."

"And what did you do?" asked the men.

"I turned to God for the answer," replied the rabbi.

"And what did He say?" the two men questioned.

"He said, 'Funny you should come to me..."

In our age of political correctness, we sometimes tend to avoid telling people about Jesus because we don't want to offend them. We may have been led to believe that there are many paths to God and that no one religion is better than any other. But while it is important to always treat others with respect, the Bible does NOT support the claim that there are many paths to God. Jesus Himself said, "No one comes to the Father EXCEPT through Me" (John 14:6).

Paul reminds us in Romans 10 by writing, "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?" (10:14). It is the responsibility of every Christian to tell everyone we meet about Jesus, the ONLY way to God!

For His Cause,
Tim  Woodward