The doctrine of Predestination and Election is one of the hardest of all the hard Christian doctrines. If you don’t believe, if you don’t have faith, it is because God has not chosen you. You do not belong. John 10:25-26, “Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe… you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep.” It doesn’t get much clearer than that.
So, whose fault is this? Whose fault is it that you have not been chosen? Yours or God’s? It seems like it is all on God. If God has not chosen you, then how can it be your fault if you do not believe? Likewise, how can it possibly be to your credit if you do believe? God predestined you to belong to him, so you believe it him. If it’s been God’s choice all along, then where are you in all of this? When do you get to choose?
Readings from Acts 9:36-43; Rev. 7:9-17; John 10:22-30.
Preached at Holy Trinity Church Inwood, 20 Cumming Street, New York, New York 10034, on May 12, 2019.