What does a “Christian” look like?
What is the first thing that comes to mind with that question? Maybe your first thought is a specific person. Your grandmother or your mom. Some good person that does all the right things and none of the wrong things. Maybe it’s America… a Christian nation. Maybe it’s people with all the rules and lists of things you aren’t supposed to do. Maybe it’s people who go to church.
Here in the South, most people call themselves Christians. We grew up with a Christian heritage. Our parents or grandparents went to church, we believe in God and the Bible, and even if we don’t obey all the rules of being good, we generally acknowledge that there is good and bad behavior, and we’re not really bad like murderers or thieves.
So does that make us Christians? Lip service to God and a gesture of not being too bad? How do we find out if that is enough? Is that going to get me to heaven rather than hell?
By definition, a Christian is a “Christ follower”. I want to spend the next few days talking about what it means to be a “Christ follower”.