Before we get started… here are my thoughts as seen though scripture, history and tradition. A Christian is a person who has heard, responded and does.
1. Heard: A Christian is someone who has heard the message of the person and work of Jesus the Christ.
2. Responded: responded by faith to turn away from the kingdom of self to the kingdom of God by following Christ through lifelong discipleship as a response to the message of what God has done for the world through the vicarious life, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus.
3. Does: A Christian will expressed this new life of faith through repentance, love of God and love of others within two communities
God’s kingdom community called the church: This community (at it’s most basic form) is marked by love as it centers around and provides two necessary services to the body of Christ.
Baptism (community or kingdom identification with Christ’s death burial and resurrection)
The Lords Table (community or kingdom celebration of Christ’s atonement and return)
2. The world: Everything outside of the church.
I read a popular article today from some guy named Doug Giles (below are some quotes and the link) and wanted to comment on what I think a Christian is (the short summary above). The article’s topic and contents made me pretty angry. I was hoping that we might discuss what the author of the article has added to what a Christian is so that any one who believes this crap will be healed.
“Can a Christian be a liberal? Short answer: no.”
“For the “Christian” to lean politically to the left means that he must blow off huge chunks of the Bible and replace Scripture with the make-believe notions of PC’s malleable “Christ.” Only after torturing Scripture can the Christian then fit current liberalism into his supposed relationship with God.”