Monday Morning Manna
Featued Contributor Dan Crawford
Heart or Life: Terminology and Theology
A friend’s recent successful heart transplant caused the resurfacing of an old question.
Many years ago, when my daughter was a little girl watching the evening news with me, there was a report of a heart transplant at a nearby hospital. Danna asked, “Daddy, now that he has a new heart, does he need to invite Jesus into it too?” Good question, based on inadequate terminology.
What if a Christian gets a transplant from a non-Christian? Do they need to make a new decision? If indeed, we only invite Jesus into our heart, what if a non-Christian gets a transplant from a Christian? Does that make them a Christian? Perhaps we need to match our terminology with our theology. Salvation comes when we invite Jesus into our entire life, not just into the pump organ for our blood. Paul encourages folks to be, “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). M
aybe it’s not an issue worthy of discussion, but old professors are experienced at asking thought provoking questions, so here’s another one. What think ye?