Saturday, January 31, 2015

What is a Christian?

We all have our ideas of what makes somebody a Christian. Some might have the simple answer of someone that is trusting in Jesus for salvation. Someone else might be a little more vague and say a Christian is a follower of Jesus. Some will be more literal and say a little Christ.

Personally, I don't like the word Christian.

And in today's world, it has come full circle and is back to being spoken with disdain and disrespect. Unlike the original derogatory term, today's disrespect for Christianity may be deserved.

We are told that first century disciples of Jesus called themselves...well, disciples of Jesus or Followers of The Way. I wonder if those terms would work for us today. Are we (those that claim to be Christians) disciples of Jesus or followers of the way? Are we studying His ways and following His commands?  Are we making disciples? Are we loving others as ourselves? Are we living life as He would live it?

If modelling Jesus' behavior and following His commands are prerequisites for wearing the label of Christian, then I find myself falling far short of the mark. I am not a dedicated student. I am not a close follower. And I am certainly not anything close to being a little Christ.

At best, I am a pitiful sinner, saved by God's amazing grace.

In today's multi-cultural, politically inspired, self-serving language, I don't think I want to be called a Christian -- not by any sect of our society (including self proclaimed Christians). And I often think that I am a poor spokesperson for the God that has saved me from eternal condemnation. Maybe the pulpit preaching and "professional Christian" thing isn't really for me.

Until I get it figured out, I guess I'll just keep working on being a better small step at a time.

John <><


eViL pOp TaRt said...

Those are good, humble thoughts. I wonder if the question of who is a Christian is really left for Jesus Christ to decide.

John Hill said...

Indeed it is, Angel. Indeed, it is.