According to the world, what’s a Christian?
Chris·tianadjective: Christian1. of, relating to, or professing Christianity or its teachings.“the Christian Church”informal– having or showing qualities associated with Christians, especially those of decency, kindness, and fairness.noun: Christian; plural noun: Christian1. a person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings.
Chris·ti·an·i·tynoun: Christianity1. the religion based on the person and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, or its beliefs and practices.– Christian quality or character.
The “standard” definition of God is pretty vague. [ex. He made the world. He made humanity. He forgives our sins.] Because of this, the definition of a Christian has been seen as constantly unclear. Or more accurately, confusing. According to multiple sources, Christians are mainly known for their kindness, their charity, judgement and their prejudice. The last two aren’t exactly what one would want to hear. The view of Christianity from society holds so many different perspectives, allowing people to often see Christians as something that isn’t worth the effort–To see Christianity as something that isn’t worth believing in.
The Bible tells us “Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.” [1 John 2:6 NIV] We often get too caught up in our worldly lives that we continue to forget what it really means to be a Christian. Being a Christian doesn’t mean that we do good things ‘from time to time,’ because it’s ‘nice.’ Instead, shouldn’t we be wanting to do good things all the time because we want to? Don’t think me as judgemental or assuming, but I believe that as the body of Christ, we haven’t been doing the best we could. By telling the world that we are Christians–that we believe in God and His word–but not living up to our claims, we aren’t doing ourselves or Christianity a favor.
One of my favourite verses is James 2:14-26. In short,
Do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? … Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? … Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove… The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing–a corpse.
I wonder… when will the time come when Christianity will finally be seen as it truly should be?
“What are Christians known for? Outsiders think [of] our moralizing, our condemnations, and our attempts to draw boundaries around everything. Even if these standards are accurate and biblical, they seem to be all we have to offer. And our lives are a poor advertisement for the standards. We have set the gameboard to register lifestyle points; then we are surprised to be trapped by our mistakes. The truth is we have invited the hypocrite image.”
– David Kinnaman