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WHY I AM SHYING AWAY FROM BEING A CHRISTIAN…

It doesn’t matter how much this hurts me.  I think it will be worth it in the end.

I am getting pretty disgusted with what I am seeing, lately, so I am shying away from being a “Christian.”

According to a May 2015 poll by the Pew Research Center, seven out of 10 Americans claim to be “Christian.” Examining and thinking about this statistic caused me to ponder about the state and condition of our nation. It would seem that if 70% of our nation were truly “Christian” in the Biblical sense then there would not be as much turmoil in our nation as there seems to be exhibited!

Let me explain my position. For example, people act like a mad mob with torches and pitchforks when a court decision does not meet their approval by destroying property, seriously injuring or killing others, and stealing without any conviction or remorse. Folks retaliate with death threats when someone makes a social media comment with which they do not agree, spreading hate and not love like Jesus said to do. Individuals are even impatient and intolerant in everyday one-on-one encounters as evidenced by road rage, fist fights at the drop of a hat, and refusals to accept personal responsibility. Instead of stopping to think about the gravity of their actions, Americans feel the need to lash out with the first knee-jerk reaction, whether it be a curse, a finger,a mean look, or a physical threat or altercation. Does this sound like an America that is a majority “Christian” nation?

The bottom line is that being a “Christian” used to mean something very different. It was not just some term, label, or hat someone used to describe themselves. Rather, it meant that they were committed to something and Someone higher. Sadly, the term “Christian” no longer seems to mean that someone is striving to live a life that is closer to the doctrines and standards of the Holy Bible. The term “Christian” seems to be nothing more than a label stuck on an American who is not a Muslim, Buddhist, atheist or agnostic.

When I examine the Bible, I see God instructing people who are committed to Him to “be ye holy for I am holy.” Holy means to be pure, righteous and blameless. It means that a person holds themselves to a much higher standard of acting, and he or she is saddened, disappointed and ashamed when they do not publicly and privately exhibit that. The Bible also demands that such a person is to “be transformed by the renewing of your minds.” This means that there is to be an absolute, total change in a person when they commit themselves to Christ as their Lord. Their attitudes, speech, dress, manner, demeanor, among many other things, are not to be like what they used to be. There should be a definite change that forces people to sit up and take notice. The Scripture commands that disciples of Jesus “bring forth fruit meet for repentance.” Jesus taught that being His disciple involved deep sacrifices, and that repentance (definite change) is required to receive eternal life. If we do not show outward works that show evidence of repentance, then we have likely been sold a bill of goods.

I fear that too many people think that they are a Christian because they went to a church function once, someone made them say a prayer, and that was that. That is not what a committed life is all about: that is merely fire insurance, and that fire insurance isn’t worth the paper on which it isn’t written. Jesus said, “Truly, Truly, I say unto you, unless one is born again, he shall not see the kingdom of God.” Being truly born again means counting the cost of what it is to be a true disciple and follower of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t mean we get to cherry-pick verses to prove a point we want to make true. It means we study the whole of the Word of God to know what the entire Scripture teaches and that we conform our beliefs, attitudes and actions as a result.

I am personally shying away from being a “Christian” in America. If 70% of Americans are supposed to be a “Christian” then I want no part of it, not the way 70% of Americans are acting. I will prefer to look deep within myself, put myself to the test versus His teachings, examine my desires and motivations against the whole of the Word of God, and make sure that I am doing what is required to be worthy of being called a disciple of Christ or born-again.

It doesn’t matter how much this hurts me. I think it will be worth it in the end.  Who will join me?

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6 Responses to “WHY I AM SHYING AWAY FROM BEING A CHRISTIAN…”


  1. July 31, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    This is precisely the reason that when someone asks me if I am a Christian I am reluctant to concede that I am, because they will want to attach me to some religious denomination. Once someone tried to force me into the box and I told him “I am a member of the apostolic congregation and belong the church of the body of Jesus Christ” It comes down to the one true religion…You, the Father with Jesus as mediator and His instruction book. His instructions are clear. I don’t to be like the man at the wedding banquet who was cast into the street where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. The only thing that matters is to be in His presence and hear the words…”Well done my good and faithful servant”

  2. August 3, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    The followers of Christ didn’t call themselves Christians for quite a while. They were “believers” and brothers and sisters in Christ.

    Nowadays a lot of “Christian” churches are led by clergy who don’t believe the Bible is the Word of God (in any deep, significant sense), don’t believe in miracles, don’t believe that Jesus was the Divine Christ, maybe don’t believe that God exists except as a concept and/or ideal, like Santa Claus.

  3. 3 Denise
    January 1, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Your statistics, where do they come from? Do your statistics say that the behavior you are describing is only in relation to the Christians? What of the 30% non-Christians? Are they included in your violent stats? Your post seems anti-christian without any evidence of your statements. Without this evidence I believe that your post should be removed. Without Christians, you have no hospitals, schools, homeless shelters or churches; Christians have always been the first responders in troubled times. Check out those statistics my friend, is pretty cool.
    Your friend, the Christian, or better known as the follower of Christ.

  4. 4 Dave
    January 1, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    John 3:16New Living Translation (NLT)

    16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave[a] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

  5. January 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Social media, network news, print media and casual human observation will more than fill your need for “statistics.” All hospitals are not started by Christians. And if all schools are built by schools, then why do public schools not allow prayer or Bibles within their walls.

    History will bear out and prove that the label “Christian” was a snide, derogatory term when it was coined. Jesus never used it, but He could have started to use it if He so chose. Rather, He used the terms “follower.” “disciple.,” and “believer.” I think I will stick with those terms.

    I would humbly suggest that those who are shocked and dismayed by this reread the article after a while. See if it does not bear a different light when read with an open mind.

    God bless all His true followers and disciples in this new year of opportunity!


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