This blog is addressed to all those people out there who call themselves a “Christian”. Yes, that means you. Normally I don’t call people out, but I just feel it needs to be done by someone. I’m writing this because my goal here is to get all the Christians out there to examine their lives, hearts, attitudes, and all of the above. When you get done reading this, I want you to be able to sit back and observe at least one thing about yourself that you could improve on, in order to be a better “Christian”. I actually cannot possibly fit all I would want to say on this topic in one post, so this is probably going to be a subject over a series of posts.
Why? Because every day you go out into this world we currently call “home”, and you have given yourself this label. And by doing so, you need to evaluate and observe whether or not you are living up to this label that you have put upon yourself. This is not a “who is a better Christian” post, or a “who is holier-than-thou” post. This is a “how can I improve upon the name I have given myself” post.
The bottom line is; YOU may not be observing how you live and how that reflects on the fact that you call yourself a Christian, but EVERYONE ELSE IS.
One of the famous quotes that go around the non-Christian universe that I hear quite often is this: “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” – Gandhi
Let’s start with defining the word “Christian”. What does that mean? It means to be Christ-like. So in other words; we are going around calling ourselves like Christ, but are we living up to it? Judging by this quote, and the fact that SO many people like it, on a whole I would say no we are not doing a very good job.
No one is perfect, but I do believe it is necessary that in order to be Christian, we have to at least take it upon ourselves to learn what that truly means.
Luke 10:25-27: On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
I have to ask myself how we can accomplish this if we do not take it upon ourselves to read the Bible and actually learn about the God we are supposed to love and serve. I think reading and learning should be one of our top priorities of the Christian faith. One of the biggest complaints I hear from atheists about Christians is that most “Christians” do not actually know much about their own beliefs. In fact, when you think about it, most people who profess to be Christian have never actually read much of the Bible except maybe a verse here and there, and most do not attend church. It is dire that in order to be a good witness that we start out with a firm foundation in our own beliefs
This is something that as Christians, I would really like to see everyone taking much more seriously. Not only for their own sake; but also in order to become better witnesses. Satan doesn’t take a day off; therefore we cannot take a day off either!
10” Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”