I’m a Christian and other Lies we Tell Ourselves

Nut JobThe common perception of a person calling themselves a Christian in the 1940’s and 50’s, was that of a clean-cut man dressed in a suit and tie, along with his wife in her pretty dress. They would be walking hand in hand with their 2 children who were all dressed up, into church on a Sunday morning. They were considered the honest, trustworthy members of society. Be it right or be it wrong, this concept was the perception, the generally accepted understanding of what a Christian was.

Christian. The word is universally recognized, but, widely misused by the world at large. What, exactly, does the term Christian mean to you? If truth be told, the answers to this question would be as different as each person reading this article. While that may not be altogether bad, it does show the potential for widespread misunderstanding. The biggest example of this misunderstanding seems to have been perpetrated by many modern-day politicians. Whenever they are running for a seat in congress, the senate, or even running for the President of the United States, they claim to be ‘Christian’ in order to attract conservative voters. They are what I have come to refer to as ‘CINO’, Christian in Name Only.

The Bible gives us an example of people who claimed to be something or someone they weren’t, just for some sort of personal gain. (Matt 23:13-39) These people were the religio-political group known as the Pharisee’s. This group of men were equal to our modern-day senators and congressmen. The primary difference being, the Pharisee’s made laws and interpreted laws based on religion, to the point that the laws become so cumbersome they were virtually impossible to live up to. One of the points Christ is making is in verse

25-26 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too.

In this exchange, he is exposing them as frauds and hypocrites. They were frauds because they were religious in name only. They made themselves into something they weren’t, in order to hold sway over the less educated, less informed or less affluent populace. Sound familiar?

Just as the Pharisee’s attempted to cover up their deceitful actions behind the cloak of religious piety, so too are many of the elected officials at the local, state and federal levels. They claim to be ‘christian’ when they are campaigning through the ‘Bible Belt’, the Midwest, and wherever there are religious enclaves spread across this great country. We have continued to accept these proclamations of Faith as heartfelt, sincere representations of who they really are. Why do we continue to fall prey to the rhetoric of politicians? I surmise, we are hoping that one day, maybe today, those individuals who desire to represent us, will truly be honest men and women.

I am a conservative Christian living in a predominately Blue, left-leaning, liberal state. I have a clear understanding of who it is that I would like to represent my interests. However, I am intelligent enough to understand that I will never find someone who can tick every box on my checklist. Irregardless of which side of the political arena you find yourself, you will most likely never encounter a politician who aligns with you 100%. Does this mean we should refuse to support any candidate who has a difference of opinion on a particular topic? God help you if you do. You wouldn’t support yourself if the criteria demanded 100% agreement on every topic.

So why do politicians and many others in our society call themselves Christian? When we hear ourselves using the term Christian, how are we envisioning ourselves? But, do you have the right to call yourself Christian? Do any of the modern-day politicians deserve to use the term Christian to describe themselves?

After careful thought, I can only conclude that very few, if any of us reading this article truly deserve to call ourselves Christian. WHAT….. Yes, you read that right! Forget the politician, where the only honest politician is a dead one. Forget the pimp and the crack-whore. I am not talking about the meth-head living behind the dumpster. I’m talking about the every Sunday, going to Church, pray for your meal, Bible Study attending John and Jane Doe, living on Anywhere Street in Anytown, USA. Unless your living a sold out, daily walk with Christ, you’re nothing more than a part-timer.

Proverbs 3 is a starting point, where I must decide what I am. Verse 5-6:

Trust the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.

Consider this;

If you put as much into your job as put into your relationship with Christ, would you still have a Job? I want to be a Christian, but it is going to require much more on my part than attending Church on Sunday.

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About Markus
Self confessed MisFit trying to get through life. Christ Follower,Father,Papaw,Musician. A realist who is enjoying becoming lost in the right direction

2 Responses to I’m a Christian and other Lies we Tell Ourselves

  1. Mark Love your style I almost fit but miss also!!

    • Mark Spencer says:

      Thanks for reading! I strive to be, it’s a daily journey.

      Blessings

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