Mark Twain is quoted as saying; “If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be – a Christian.” The sad truth is the way many people who claim to be Christians today live their lives, Mr. Twain would be correct. A Christian by definition is a person who believes in and strives to live as Jesus Christ would live. Christianity is not an organized religion, it is not a certain denomination, it is a way of life.
Recently in the news, I’ve seen way too many news stories of child abuse, cruelty to children, and other disgusting actions. These acts are terrible in themselves, but what also really frustrates me is when the story goes on to state that the person committing the acts claims to be a Christian, or is a member of some church that lists Christianity as its foundation. Some of these people use Christianity as an excuse for their actions. Equally exasperating is when someone commits murder or other crimes, and then says something like; “God told me to do it!”
I see a major dilemma in America and the world, of people claiming to be of the Christian faith, but not acting in a manner that backs up their claims. People such as these ruin and destroy the name of God, and devastate the impression that the world has of true Christianity.
The problem is there are many people who know about God from what they’ve heard at church, things their parents have told them, and programs they’ve seen on television. However, just knowing about God doesn’t change lives. In order for someone to truly be a Christian, they must have a personal relationship with God. [more]