7/2/11 Charlie, about 20
Tonite I met Charlie, an IIT student, as he hung out on his front porch with a friend. When I asked about his beliefs he said that yes, he does believe in God, but he's Jewish - and well aware of all that Jesus stuff. He said this because he expected me as a Christian to try to convince him that Jesus is the Savior. He was surprised when my focus turned out to be on the Ten Commandments and his need for a savior instead. We really had much in common, as he had to agree that he does indeed have a God-given conscience; that he should indeed be willing to take responsibility for his moral decisions; and that God does indeed have infinite worth and value. Charlie had developed an elaborate system of excuses for his sins, and our conversation went on for almost an hour as we worked through each one, from blaming God for creating him with a sinful nature to claiming he just follows his instincts, to blaming society for its influence on his decisions. In the end he had ran out of excuses - but proving a point never makes another person have a change of heart. Only God can do that, and i pray He will.