What does being a Christian mean?

Just what does it mean to be a Christian. There are many opinions on this topic:

  • Some think being a Christian means to go to church regularly and to honor all the traditions and history of the church.
  • Some think being a Christian is about constant repentance and always striving to keep the ten commandments.
  • Some think being a Christian is about fearing God and his wrath.
  • Some think being a Christian is about concentrating totally on God’s love and forgiveness.¬†¬†

    While all of the above are in some aspect part of being a Christian, I don’t believe any of them reach to the heart of it. To me being a Christian is not about how you celebrate the past but how you act now and in the future. Being a Christian is not a spectator sport but instead is an active way of life. Most religious denominations today cheapen what it means to be the follower of Jesus Christ.¬† They demand so little when Jesus, through his words in the Gospels, demands so much.¬† They do this by focusing on a few words and seemingly ignoring the rest.¬†

2 thoughts on “What does being a Christian mean?

  1. For me, being a Christian means opening myself up to the embrace of a loving Creator who is restoring me, moment by moment to be more like his resurrected Son Jesus. As I am restored, God guides me to be in right relationship to Him, Others, Self, and the cosmos. The more I find myself in harmonious relationship in these 4 areas, the more I find out what it means to be a Christian!

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