You’re in a conversation with someone you recently met and about whom you know very little. The forbidden topic of religion comes up and out of the blue, this person asks: “What are you?”
Quickly now, how do you answer that question? Do you say “I’m Christian.” What’s that mean? That’s a pretty general and very unclear response. Let’s dive a little deeper. Let’s look at some common answers given when people are asked about their “christianity.” Have you given some of these responses yourself? Have you heard others define or describe their “christianity” this way? What would these responses mean to “non-christians?”
“I’m… ” Catholic, Mormon, Presbyterian, Methodist, Evangelical… fill in your answer.
“I believe in God.”
“I love everyone.”
“I believe in Jesus Christ.”
“I’m a good person.”
“I attend church and/or study the Bible.”
“I’m a child of God.”
“I serve others and am charitable.”
“I follow the rules/am obedient..”
“I’m a follower/disciple of Jesus.”
We’re all heard these answers and others in some form or another. We responded with some of them in some form or another. To the christian, each of these answers has deep meaning. To the non-christian the answers may seem unrealistic or even bizarre. There is no simple, easy answer.
“You’re Christian. So what?”
Just what does being christian mean to you? How does it shape your life? How does it impact how others view you?
Something to ponder…
Alive in the Word