Romans 10:13 NIV 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
“Does this really have to be explained?” is doing somersaults in my mind, but I’m going to trust that it does.
The Apostle Paul was speaking to Jews about the inclusion of Gentiles in the faith when he wrote this. However, no where in sight does it say, “every Gentile who calls.” This is intentionally all-inclusive.
AKA no one, not murderers, not terrorists, not gays, not pedophiles, no one who calls on the name of the Lord will be denied. Before you completely shut me out, please read at least a few more lines, then you’re home free.
Many people have been brutalized by truly evil deeds, but this verse doesn’t exclude villains. This is a beautiful verse to shout over when we choose who we want it to apply to. However, it might breed resentment when we understand that no one is an exception here.
Full disclosure: even I know some people that make me wonder if this can really be true for all, but…
What does being ‘saved’ look like?
Here’s what being saved is not: “Ok, I don’t want to go to hell. so come on, Jesus.” That’s a performance; a manipulation. Being saved (or choosing to commit your life to following Christ) is a decision that has nothing to do with Hell and everything to do with God.
I’ve got good news. God doesn’t expect all your dirt to disappear after this decision. Got bad news too. You are a new creation, but you have the same existence.
That thing you liked doing before you accepted God, isn’t going to stop being attractive instantly. You’re forgiven, not excused. You may still have to go to jail. Your relationship may still end. You may still have to fight tooth and nail to get from under the hand of addiction. It’s important that people understand that. If you don’t, you’ll either think something is wrong with the decision you made or or something is wrong with you. It’s neither.
If you accepted Christ, you’re ‘in’, but life will be waiting for you after the ‘high’. You won’t find heaven here, but you will find purpose. You won’t see perfection in the mirror here, but you can see change because Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.