"I'm a Christian"

There's always that point in a conversation with someone you've just met, where you try to figure out what their religious belief's are just by 'feeling them out'. I'm one to do that. I often say of people, "Oh yeah, sure, they're a Christian, you can just tell by the sweet spirit that they have." But if that were always the case, how many of us would say that of ourselves?

In Francis Chan's new series called "BASIC.series" he says, "The problem is, there are millions of people on this earth who call themselves followers of Jesus, but their lives look nothing like His. Yet, in their hearts they're convinced, they're followers." And then, it hit me. Right in the face. And even slapped me around a bit. What does my life look like to others? Better yet, what does today's 'church' look like to others? Click here to

How often does the phrase, "I'm a Christian" get tossed around and people actually believe themselves. I know drunks who say, "I'm a Christian". I know homosexuals who say, "I'm a Christian". I know adulterers who say, "I'm a Christian". I know liars, thieves, and gluttons who say, "I'm a Christian". And while yes, Jesus' blood covers our sins, all of those sins, and no sin is greater than another -- I feel as though we, the church of Jesus Christ, have lost touch with reality. The reality of our almighty God. The reality that being a "Christian" doesn't mean you still live the life of a sinner. That being a "Christian" doesn't mean you can still keep sinning, because "it's ok...I'll just ask for forgiveness afterwards". No, that's not a Christian. That's not a follower of Jesus. That is not true repentance.

I've been guilty of it too. I'll admit it. And even now, I know I have things in my own life that I'm trying to change. I don't always reflect His image of love and grace.

I'm concerned for a lot of people in this world right now. And even more so, for the "Christians" who will be greatly disappointed on the day of Jesus' return. The church is often quick to preach about the 'love of Christ' and His goodness. But what about the wrath and judgement? What about the correction and teaching of the scriptures. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." Are we equipping our church with just the parts of the Bible that are pleasing to our community and nation? Or are we equipping them with pure and honest truth, so that followers of Christ can teach, rebuke, correct and train....not only themselves and each other, but the lost and dieing world. The sad fact is that many of us only think that the "love" of Christ is for us to show, but not the correcting and confrontational conversations.

We often forget that even Jesus turned tables over and yelled at people in righteous anger. He corrected. He rebuked.

The unfortunate thing is that the 'church' has become so tolerant of people. Of sin. Instead of teaching and preaching about sin and the cold hard truth, instead of equipping us with scriptures and a message that pierces the soul, we sugar coat it. Why? Because we're afraid we might offend someone. And yet, what the church doesn't realize is that by us not speaking out, we are simply part of the problem...not the solution.

I've always said, if you want to offend someone, go to church. But now days, you offend your own church members. Have a lot on your mind and don't speak to a particular person on Sunday morning? Ooops, you must think you're better than them. Maybe you didn't make it to church on time (or at all) because you just weren't feeling well? Oh, no, there must be a deeper issue....you're depressed....or maybe you're trying to make a statement. If only the people, the "Christians", with in our church made more of an effort to get along and stop talking about one another...

If more churches were concerned with the people within their own walls than they were about their ego or how big their church is or how popular their church is (fyi, the worship team isn't a rock band), what an amazing growth we would see. If more people, aka "Christians", we more concerned about speaking the truth and actually living the way Jesus told us to live instead of the way we want to live, what an amazing change we would see. After all, when you gave your life to Christ, didn't you die to yourself, your wants and your pleasures?

The love of Christ is a great sermon, but it's time to get real. Why? Because people need real. People want real. Otherwise, we're seeing people get "saved" only to have them backslide into the same exact life they were living before. Oh, but that's 'ok' because, 'they're saved now'? Wrong.

It's time to evaluate our lives. It's time to evaluate our churches. It's time to get real with God and stop trying to save people by telling them that Christianity is the 'good and easy life' and love love love love love *barf*. If being a Christian is a 'good and easy life' for you...maybe it's time to evaluate your relationship with our King. Because, as it is said in Matthew 7:22-23, "
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you, depart from me...'"

I'm a Christian, but I fail Him daily. I'm a Christian, but I'm still learning and growing. I'm a Christian, but I have to repent every single day of my life -- not because I love sinning, but because I hate it. I'm a Christian, but I don't want to be a Christian -- I want to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

I'm a Christian, are you?

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