How does one recognize a Christian on the street? How does one define a Christian in a society? How does one live as a Christian during his life?
I wonder many of you have got the answers by now , but for those who are still blind enough to see and deaf enough to listen. I would explain the above in short.
Some of my non-Christians friends say that they define and recognize a Christian by the way they dress up, especially the girls who wear typical Christain dresses which are skimpy and exposing the frame of body and they recognize a Christian boy with long hair, some ear rings, tattoos, foul English language which will have some words like MF,, FY,,FO,BAS$%#^%, SON (*&^%% a and many more words probably you know better.
One of my friend emailed me list of identifying a Christian :-
• A Christian man /woman drink alcohol and allows even his kids.
• Christmas & Easter are two great seasons for dance, parties, dating, having lots of booze, proposing a girl/boy or having lots of Pork.
• A Christian wears revealing and fashioned clothes to Church. • A Christian goes to Sunday church to check out some girls.
• A Christian boy or girl can freely have many love affairs and physical relationships with consent of their parents.
• A Christian works in Gulf, ship, hotel or call centre.
• Oh! A Christian also plays unnecessary football and neglects their studies.
• A Christian wears a cross around his /her neck or has Jesus tattoo and also a tattoo of a skull and errr devil I guess.
• A Christian can point fingers to his /her parents and talk.
• A Christian is very free minded ( I don’t what that means ??? )
• A Christian is very fearful or scared or tame, no guts.
• A Christian speaks bad English.
• A Christian is very unspiritual and does not respect his religion.
• A Christian ,,,,,,,I guess is a bad influence on our society , I think they are DEVILS.
However, I was very much angry by the last few sentences but I was looking through the parishes of Roman Catholic Churches and other ministries around the city. I visited few Catholic Churches and I observed a very peculiar sightings what this person had mentioned above, I was alarmed by what I had observed and I really felt sad for the Christian society. If that is the way the non-Christians are going to view us, I think it’s really a bad image what we as Christians have portrayed to others.
One of the best sight I had at the Mount Mary Church during an event which marks the feast of that church at Bandra ( Mumbai ) in 2009. I saw a priest holding and almost touching some girls unnecessarily and embracing them and doing all kinds of immoral body language. I noticed that the girls were not more than teenagers and they dressed to their minimal. I thought how the celibacy of a Roman Catholic priest could control his urge of flesh. I wonder what that priest must be doing in closed doors, I didn’t see that part so I better not speak about that. Its mentioned in Bible to Glorify Gods name , is this what is called glorifying Gods name, what a shame.,
It does not demand that Christians live a separated life dedicated to God but what demands today is being “cool”, that’s the in word. Don’t tell me to put the statistics here about crime, unemployment, corruption, rape, child abuse, human rights, abortion and so forth and so on. You can get all the details on the newspapers and news channels, it all screams there. Christianity has been reduced to moral thinking rather than moral living. Christianities revival is just a mere handshake, smile or passing of a greeting card at a prayer service or some Christian’s feasts. I know that multitudes of sects , cults and many congregations and ministries have grown. Perhaps I wish there was a revival in real terms what it meant to be Love for truth, but it isn’t. The entire revealed truth of God is not declared in the Gospel of today so the “converts” wander off after whatever religion suits their particular fancy. The keynote today is compromise. Everybody is to forget their “petty doctrinal differences” and join hands in a “great compromise.” In the midst of this kind of atmosphere false cults and religions are booming! Modernism marches on!!! the shallow carnal Christian today’s so-called “revival” produces, indeed, if it produces any Christians. May God help us to return to a gospel that glorifies God, antagonizes Satan, squelches sin, convicts sinners, produces repentance, routs false teachers, abolishes false religions, promotes sound doctrine, and brings about the miracle of regeneration that makes a hell bound sinner into a new creature in Christ Jesus.
“ But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Holy Spirit of God: For they are foolishness unto him., Neither can know them, because they are spiritually discerned” ( 1 Corinthians 2:14 ).
One of our fellow church daughters is always faced with some difficult from her teenage friends and one boy particularly often argues with her on the word of God and he tries to his best twisting and turning the word. As mentioned in 1 Corinthians 2:14 I find that verse very much for such people like this boy. However, its not a matter of surprise but today in our Christian community many youngsters and elders are drifted away from the real word of God. These Christians are not at all shameful of their perception as mentioned in the beginning of this article how the non-Christians perceive them.But they have found delight, the way they are living a false Christian life and continue to expand their sinful and ungodly horizons even a step further and being born again is just a joke for them……
“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:1-7).
Now let me tell you these words from the Bible are so precise and clear to understand , I am sure that many have read these words at their church readings, bible studies, Sunday schools or maybe not. Then I ask how come there is so much indifference from certain Christians about the way Christian life is or what the word of God teaches. I understand something , these Christians have either not read their Bible or they have been drowned in wickedness and deceit that they just don’t care about God, perhaps they don’t revere or fear God.,
I strongly feel that to know what is Christianity one has to read and understand the Bible, its quite simple, isn’t it. No it isn’t just by reading one only understands the concept but one has to live and follow and practice the word in reality. Just by wearing jeans, short skirts, t-shirts, listening to rock music, going for dance, discos and dating isn’t mentioned in the Bible , so all the Christains out there , I suggest that you stop calling yourself Christians. The Bible teaches that man is created in the image of God. God manifests Himself to mankind in the Persons of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Oh! Certainly yes, I don’t say that , but that’s what the Bible says. If you are going to read actually the Bible, you will understand what it has stored for you. God never forces anyone to accept Jesus as their Savior. He simply offers a warm invitation to anyone who wants to have their sins forgiven and go to Heaven. Salvation is a free gift (Romans 5:15), paid for by the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1st Peter 1:18,19). We must accept God’s gift of eternal life or it WILL be forever forfeited when we leave this world (die).
God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:17, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Notice, God said they would die “the day that thou eatest thereof.” Interestingly, Adam and Eve DIDN’T die physically the day they ate the fruit and disobeyed God’s command.
The reason is because they died SPIRITUALLY. Sin had entered the human race. The Bible teaches that from Adam until present time, mankind has been born spiritually dead, inherited down from Adam’s sin. This is why humanity MUST be born-again. This is only possible through the Holy Spirit of God, which makes us alive again (quickeneth the Bible says) by faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior. I know there are many real Christians who are spreading the word of God and living on the path of righteousness. I pray that together we all can bring back our other Christian brothers & sisters into the right Faith. Maybe most of the Christians around the world are used to living the life of shame and defaming Christianity by their sinful ways but I know that few of us will work towards the Glory of God.