The term Christian apparently carries different meanings today. I recently read a survey taken in America where nearly 8 out of 10 people claim to be a “Christian”. I guess anyone can call themselves anything they want…but does that make it true? In that case, I am a professional golfer. Better yet I am an astronaut. But reality would show that I am neither of those. I’ve only shot in the 70’s once in my life and the closest I’ve ever been to outer space is with a telescope. You can call yourself whatever you want, but how you live your life really defines you.
I’m sorry, but I just don’t believe that 80% of the people in this country are Christians. The term Christian was actually a derogatory statement people used to call true followers of Christ. In other words, they were so much like him that they were being called copy cats. Today, the church has basically accepted the term to mean a follower of Christ. But does that fit 80% of the people you know? Is that how they live their life?
Jesus loved the unlovable. Jesus touched the lepers. Jesus ate with ones that the church despised. Jesus fed the hungry. Jesus was on a mission to reach those who were lost. Jesus wasn’t distracted by money or things. When I read about Jesus, I am convicted that I’m not more like him.
Maybe the church should scrap the term “Christian”. I don’t like to use it today. If being a Christian is what I see in 80% of the people around me…then I don’t want to be one. I want to be like Jesus. I don’t want to claim to be like him…I want my life to show it. I imagine that if the church started living like him, we might see more of the “Christians” around us get saved! Imagine that.