What Does it Mean to be a Christian

All too often you hear people say they are Christian, but are they really? Our country is supposedly 70% Christian but not all are active, participating Christians. So what happened? When we have Christians that want to live and honor God they are accused of using religion to avoid accepting new things. We have so many watered down Christians and such a wide variety of Christian faiths that it does become a question of what is real faith.  Even among Christians we will question the actions of other Christians. Take for example Kim Davis.   the christian walk1What was her true motivation?  Well as she would tell it, it was to honor God’s law.  Marriage is between one man and one woman.  We as Christians all agree on that, but we still question what her true motives were.  Is that right to do?  If we do that how do we expect others who are not Christian to understand?  While I agree her going to jail is not in anyway persecution, since it was a choice she made and was treated very well during her time in jail.  But the fact still remains that she was jailed and why?  Because she didn’t want to have her name associated with gay marriage, which is not biblical and as a Christian she was right to take her stand.  But how many Christians do you know that would say well we should accept gay and lesbian marriage? Water down versions of Christianity to push the immoral laws and force them to fit into our beliefs. —

             God says – Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. — 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

I can’t escape that either, I am one who does question the motives of some.  We will because we are also called to discern truth.

            1 John 4:1 ESV – Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. —

 But society today, especially here in the United States, is taking the Christian and making them out to be hypocrites.  Many of us are rejected for being Christian and there is a growing hostility towards Christianity today..  Today, one can lose their job for posting Christian beliefs on a social media site, if it goes against the company’s views or someone takes offense.  How sad is that, that we have to worry that even expressing our beliefs or views can lead us to lose our jobs.  We are being discriminated against socially and in our work. Some Christians have actually come out in support of the immoral laws and the world we are now living in, I’m not so convinced it’s not solely for the purpose to save themselves ridicule.  As a Christian I have to agree with Kim Davis in that we all need to stand up and support our faith.  By accepting those things that God speaks to that are wrong we are showing more support to our earthly life then that towards our expected heavenly life.

 Employers will make allowances for just about everyone except Christians.  I have worked jobs where I couldn’t get off on a Sunday yet allowances for holy days were made to other religious groups.  Why? Because Christians are not seen as people who are truly convicted to their faith.  The reason is because there are so many Christian denominations and among them a varying degree of beliefs.  You have several Christian groups some who will abide by the teaching of the bible, some who will accept immoral laws and others who are so radical that they seem terroristic in nature.

 Christians need to learn how to honor God, His laws, and His word.  By all Christians showing support for their faith and God’s laws we can once again be seen as a people who don’t just provide lip service but actual believe in our faith.  We need to stand up and defend God’s law and show unity against those things that we know are wrong.   We are called to love everyone, even in the face of their not living as Christian.  We are called to not embrace a lifestyle but love the person.  Why is that so hard for non believers to understand?  It sounds contradictory but it’s not.  One is not accepting a way of life but the other is loving the person.  God and only God will be the final judge.   A good question to ask is can a homosexual be a Christian.  Well,  on one hand they are living in sin but we are all sinners, born with a sinful nature.  I think the biggest difference is that we sin, we acknowledge our sins and we repent and work at not repeating that sin.  But in the case of homosexual relations how can they live in perpetual sin?  If they acknowledge that the life they live is going against God’s word how can they truly repent?  But does that mean God will not let them into the His kingdom? Well according to 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 they will not be allowed to inherit the kingdom of God.  I don’t know what that means in terms of will they then go to hell.  I don’t know.  God and only God will judge and only He will make that determination.

What I find so interesting today is that we Christians are ridiculed but yet Islam is being supported by the very groups that would suffer the worst at the hands of the muslim. Sharia law is scary yet, people today don’t speak out against it as they do Christianity. You have those like Dawkins who talks about being an atheist yet what does he say about Islam? Not much of anything that I see, his focus is mostly on Christianity. Well, I can tell you that if it were not for the moral laws of Christianity we would already be living in a society where everyone decided for themselves what was moral and what was not. Everything would be acceptable, and that would be a scary world. Think about what it would mean if I thought I should have something you own. If I took it and felt it was my moral right to own it how would that sit with you? That is what would happen and on a much larger scale. Morals and values would be open to personal interpretation.

So what does it mean to be Christian?  Well, it means we love Jesus, accept His laws and honor His word.  It means we love ourselves and treat others with respect even in the face of disagreement.  It doesn’t mean that we can’t do things that some denominations say we can’t.  Being Christian means you have trust for Jesus Christ in His shed blood for our sins, you have been baptised and the Holy Spirit now lives within you.  It’s not about being required to do things like attend church, it’s about doing those things because you desire to love God.  It’s about fellowship with God and bringing him glory.

About Karen J Ragland

David and I met in June of 2010. I lived in Bristol Virginia and he lived in Louisiana. After meeting we discovered that we held many of the same values and to say we immediately fell in love is an understatement. We had several hurdles to overcome, but while getting to know each other we discovered that we shared many of the same dreams. Our love of God, and how we can minister his word, our love of family, and honor. It did not take much convincing for me to move to Louisiana where David lived. I took a leap of faith, left my job and moved April 16th of 2011. There were still several obstacles that we needed to deal with head on and resolve but a year later we were married on 4/13/12. We talked for a few years about setting up a Christian blog and/or website and so here we are, finding our way through how to get this started. I think we have done well so far and we are so ready to actively interact with everyone here. We hope we will get to know everyone - whether you believe as we do or not.

3 Comments

  1. This statement really does sum it up nicely, Karen. You said, “So what does it mean to be Christian? Well, it means we love Jesus, accept His laws and honor His word.” I love this article!

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