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.”
On Sunday I gave a message out of Mark 1:9-13.
The point or Goal of the sermon was to show that “God’s beloved Son comes to us as suffering servant. At the end I posed four questions for the congregation to ask themselves during the week…
- Why should God identify with us broken sinners.
- How do you identify with Him?
- How does God want us to respond to a king who serves and suffers?
- Have you identified with Jesus? (John 3:16-18)
Here is a blog from a person in our congregation where he ties this idea of a “savior servant” within the context of politics . I appreciate his contrast as seen in the following quotes…
“To be run BY God is to immerse oneself in the Saviour Servant and try to follow His path. It is a life that involves tough questions of yourself and even tougher answers. It is a blessing to love God not a talking point and needs to be treated with humbleness and reverence.”
“To be running ON God is to use God to appease a base. It is to try to balance the needs of the public and the religious, and in doing so meeting the needs of neither. It is disingenuous, it is false, and it divides a country.”
To believe in God is a choice of life and not a political platform. Politics and faith are best left separate. Politics and faith invariably leads to using the latter to accomplish the former. We have politicians who are taking every opportunity to try to convince the populous that they are everything we want them to be. They are even taking pictures hunting, when they don’t hunt? We want them to represent a lifestyle over honesty. We take time in the debates to talk faith and definitions of marriage but ignore talking about crushing poverty and starving people living on the streets. Furthermore, we are flooded with campaign ads that cost tens of millions each month, ads that are divisive, fear driven tripe thats goal is to make you dislike one candidate more than you dislike the other (I can think of better use of this money, clothing and food…
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