A rebuttal to “Five Reasons I Hate Telling People I’m Christian”
Almost every day I work with people who have a past with or a strong aversion to Christianity. Many times the persons actions and words will completely change and they will quickly conform to what they think I would like for them to act like. It is very frustrating! On the other hand some people do not shape up but amplify their behavior in order to get under my skin, disgust me, or just offend me. I find this really funny! People are rarely just themselves when they find out what I want to do and this can be traced to our societies perception of Christians in general.
A while back I read a blog from a fellow blogger named John Smulo. He wrote a post entitled “Five Reasons I Hate Telling People I’m Christian”. As I read this simple post I was struck with this thought, I like his thought provoking post most times but this one I did not ( see what see said please check out his post here). So I wanted to spend some time giving my “Six Reasons I Love Telling People I’m Christian”
- When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not shouting “I’ve been saved!”I’m whispering, “I was lost. That’s why I chose this way”
- When I say, “I am a Christian,” I don’t speak with human pride I’m confessing that I stumble, and need Christ to be my guide.
- When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not bragging of success I’m admitting that I’ve failed and cannot ever pay the debt.
- When I say, “I am a Christian,” I don’t think I know it all I submit to my confusion asking humbly to be taught.
- When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not claiming to be perfect My flaws are far too visible.
- When I say, “I am a Christian,” I still feel the sting of pain I have my share of heartache which is why I seek His name.
Despite the all of the preconceived notions that coincide with the word “Christian” I truly believe that it is my job to represent the one who saved us. The first known usage of the term can be found in the New Testament, in Acts 11:26: “the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” The term was first used to denote those known or perceived to be disciples of Jesus Christ. In the two other New Testament uses of the word (Acts 26:28 and 1 Peter 4:16) it refers to the public identity of those who follow Jesus. I think that the word should be redefined and fought for by those of us who follow Christ. Because of my skin color many people have presuppositions on who I am and what I do/ sound like. It may not be fair but I refuse to accept those false assumptions as true, neither should we do that with Christ name. We need to live preaching the Gospel to ourselves and living it (through words and actions) to the Glory of God and for His praise.
This is just my opinion I could be wrong!
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