If you’re a little drawn back by the title, don’t take it to heart just yet. At least wait until the end of this blog to make your final decision about the statement, and what it means.
Alright, before I go any further I want to clarify and take away some of the fog as to what the statement “Beware of Christians” has to say for itself, here goes:
Look out at the world around you… you’ll see people with different titles. One of those titles I’ve heard, and many of you have too, is “Christian”. Well, here is the definition: pertaining to, of, or belonging to the religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Okay, I see where they get the fact, that saying the word is derived from things relating to Christ, and the fact that people look upon it as a “religion”, but where does it talk about… Love? Commitment? Sacrifice? Compassion? As a matter of fact, I don’t even feel any hints leading to words like that. Christianity is a word, and society this day in time has made it just that: A flat word that actually tends to scare people off. But why?
A person who believes, follows, and commits to Christ, is supposed to live a life that is set apart from the social norm. Let’s say you’re waiting in line at a grocery store, or maybe you’re walking down the hall at school… Can you pick out a follower of Christ, from the ones who don’t even believe? People are starting to act alike –Christians and non-Christians. Many “Christians” aren’t living lives that even slightly mirror the image of Christ at all. We are going about our daily lives living for the world, not the one that created it. Well, that isn’t the way having a relationship with the Lord works.
1 John 2:15-16 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father, but the world.”
The population as a whole is making the choice to turn away from the church and its people, because we aren’t leading in the way that we should; really, we aren’t leading at all. We are falling in line with the crowds around us. Buying the clothes that the world makes you believe are “cool”, doing the things that feel right in the moment without contemplating the after effects, saying things that degrade and promote vulgarity, and chasing after things that will drag you down into darkness so quick that you don’t even notice.
Either you are for God, or against Him. Either you’re ready to pick up the pieces and hand them over to Him, or you’re stuck living life through the motions. Step up! Be BOLD and make a change. That is what being a Christian is about.
“Whoever us not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”