Question: Can you be mistaken for being a Christian?
Associate Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said regarding pornography, “I’ll know it when I see it” and the same holds true, in part, regarding being a Christian. You see, there is an “eye test” when it comes to your life in word and deed by which you are unscrupulously judged by a lost and dying world. Non-christians are watching you. Listening to you. Analyzing every bit of evidence you present to them and the great majority come away with a sour taste. Do you know why? Because they hoped to see something different. Hear something different. Because Christians are supposed to BE different.
Ever wonder why people are disappointed in Christians? Could it be because many are no different than atheists or agnostics? Buddhist or Tzaoist? Hello??
Do you understand the irony here? Christianity has been around for over 2,000 years yet most people still can’t spot a Christian if they were standing in front of them.
And it’s not their fault.
You see, “christians” are a “dime a dozen” anymore but true converts are as rare as the white whale.
And people wonder why the moral fabric of society is in tatters?
Hello!! Could it be because christians would rather fit in to society than stand out? Would rather go with the flow rather than make a wave? Because Jesus fit in and went with the flow and all (sarcasm).
Get a grip, people!
If you are honest with yourself, Jesus would be embarrassed with most professing “christians.”
“This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”
It’s embarrassing that the longer Christianity exists, the less it looks like Christ. The longer Christianity exists, the more it evolves. And it wasn’t meant to evolve. It was meant to spread. Human interpretation has been the downfall of Christianity. It’s how we have so many denominations and such divisiveness within the church and such “luke-warm” faith outside of it.
During His time on Earth, Jesus Christ did not change. His message did not change. His passion did not change. His goal did not change. His obedience did not waver. He spent every waking moment of His ministry telling anyone he came in contact with about the impending judgment of a righteous and holy God and that salvation is found only in Him.
Despite the best efforts of “christians” to water it down and package it in a more worldly and pleasing way, that message is still true today.
Listen, a lot of professing christians mean well but their message is off. Can God overcome that? Sure. Should He have to? No.
The reality is that we are willing to spend as much time, money, and energy doing what we love regardless of the cost or commitment, yet are loathe spending any of those things actually building a relationship with the creator (Isaiah 40:28). The author of life (Acts 3:15).
If you are a professing christian, please for the sake of the whole of humanity, take the time to examine your life and the message of Christ to make sure they line up.
If you don’t stand out, then your conversion wasn’t legit.
Is this you? It was me but repentance and grace are beautiful gifts from God that keep us in right standing with His justice.
Remember, humanity will know a Christian when they see it.