What keeps people separated from God?

Obviously, it’s sin.

But it’s hard for those who love God to understand why people would not embrace Him.  He has all the power in the universe and He wants to use it to bless us.  Why would someone… anyone… turn away from that kind of God?

It might help to think back to the time when YOU were not a Christian.  I remember what kept me away from Christ.  Clearly, I was fearful I would have to give up the things I enjoyed.  Many of those things were what the Bible calls sin.  Still, they were enjoyable to me at the time.  Scripture does say that sin is pleasurable for a season.  People running from God just don’t want to look past the pleasure of their sin, to the end result.

My perspective back then was, “why would I give up all this fun so I can spend all my time on my knees?”

I don’t think that perspective is terribly unique.  It’s unfortunate that so many people have to follow their sin to the unpleasant consequences before they are willing to turn to God.  As we watch those we love struggle in life without God, we can pray for them, encourage them and share the Gospel.

Our responsibility is to love people and share the good news.  What they choose to do with it is between them and God.

***Gordon Howie is a nationally syndicated author, host of Liberty Today TV and CEO of Life and Liberty Media***

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