I recently heard a Revive Our Hearts program on being 100 percent for Christ, instead of just partially for Him. That is what He deserves, isn’t it? He gave His all for us while we were still His enemies, so how could we do less than to give our all after He died for us and rose again?
The hostess of the program read this letter from a socialist fanatic. It was written to his fiancé, with whom he was breaking off their engagement-
There is one thing about which I am in dead earnest and that is the Socialist cause. It is my life, my business, my religion, my hobby, my sweetheart, my wife, my mistress, my bread and my meat. I work at it in the daytime; I dream of it at night. Its hold on me grows, not lessens, as time goes on. I shall be in it for the rest of my life.
When you think of me, it’s necessary to think of Socialism as well because I am inseparably bound to it. Therefore, I can’t carry on a friendship, a love affair, or even a conversation, without relating it to this force, which both drives and guides my life.
I evaluate people and books and ideas and notions according to how they affect the Socialist cause and by their attitude toward it.
I’ve already been in jail because of my ideas and, if necessary, I’m willing to go before a firing squad. A certain percentage of us get killed or imprisoned. Even for those who escape these harsher ends, life is no bed of roses.
A genuine radical lives in virtual poverty. He turns back to the Party every penny he makes above what is absolutely necessary to keep him alive.
Radicals don’t have the time or the money for many movies or concerts or t-bone steaks or decent homes or new cars. We’ve been described as fanatics. We are. Our lives are dominated by one great overshadowing factor: the struggle for Socialism.
What a sad example of deception; to follow the evil plans of socialism – and yet I want to be that way. I want to be in dead earnest in the cause of Christ. I want it to be my life, my business, my religion, my hobby, my sweetheart, my husband, my bread and my meat. I want it to be my work in the daytime, my dream at night. I want its hold to grow and not lessen as time goes on. I want to be in it for the rest of my life.
I want to be a 100%-er. For Christ. Forever.