I thought you were a Christian, Part 1

A few months ago my wife and a few friends were on a mission trip together. One of our friends works at a local restaurant with several of my “fellow seminarians”.

According to the seminary admissions office, each seminary student must be a Christian. How would you imagine these seminary students acted as they served tables at this restaurant? Do you think you would have recognized the light of Christ in them? From the descriptions of my friend (who does not attend seminary), I wouldn’t have recognized them as Christians.

Their jokes, attitudes and service were so consistently poor that my friend said to one of them, “I thought you were a Christian”.

As I witness not only the students at the seminary (including myself) but also teachers at a local Christian school and the attending students, I am more and more convinced that Christians are not aware of why they are going to heaven and what a Christian should be doing along the way.

In that context I’m going to go through several verses of Scripture to help myself and any readers understand why we should either conform ourselves to Scripture or stop calling ourselves Christians.

In my next post, I’ll look at Colossians 1:21-23:

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He
has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to
present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting
from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed
in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

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