Do people know we are Christians?
Today on a message board I’m a member of we were discussing religion and how some people decide others are heretics simply because their religious beliefs differ from their own. These people all call themselves Christians. I posted, the biggest deterrent many non-Christians list for converting to Christianity is the attitude of Christians themselves. That if we would only put into practice the concept of “they will know we are Christians by our love” we would win more people to Christ by our actions than we will ever win by preaching at or condemning them. When we treat fellow Christians as enemies how can we ever expect to win a non-believer for Christ?
So many of the friends I had in college who specifically told me they weren’t Christians and had no desire to become one typically pointed out the way Christians treated each other as their primary reason for rejecting Christianity. Christians on the whole have developed a bad rap for themselves. How? Well, how many times do you hear about one Christian telling another Christian that they aren’t really a Christian because of their religious teachings? Almost, every single one of these people (no matter what side they are on) agree on one thing — Christ came to redeem us. Without Christ’s sacrifice on the cross we are all lost. They all agree on that philosophy where they differ is on the minors (as they say). Sure to each of these groups, they feel those minors are majors but the truth of the matter the major is accepting Christ’s sacrifice and that Christ is the way, the truth, and the life and whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish.
Does it really matter if we are paedobaptist or credobaptist? Does it really matter if we believe music and song are praise worthy way to worship? In the long scheme of things does any of that really matter? Or is what matters most our acceptance (and faith) that Jesus is Lord and Savior and without Him we are all lost? Do you live each day and treat your fellow man (or woman for that matter) as a brother (or sister) in Christ? (Well, some of us probably remember how we treated our siblings growing up and that might not be the best example.) So, with that in mind, Do you treat your fellow man (or woman) as Christ would treat them or do you see only their sin and reject them?
It’s not easy to live life as Christ did. All of us will stumble and fall where that effort is concerned. The only way to truly succeed in that endeavor is to allow Christ the reins of your life. Don’t view your fellow Christian as Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, Catholic, etc. View them as fellow Christians. If their belief system is different than yours, don’t call them heretics, pray and ask that God show them the error of their ways or if they aren’t in error that God show you.
Quit majoring on the minors (those slight differences in interpretations or implementations) and start concentrating on the majors (that God sent His only begotten Son to save us and that our only salvation rests in accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior).