Question

You hear “Christian this, Christian that, etc….What makes all these things truly Christian? Or is the word Christian being over used? We are to the point that we are sort-of sick hearing “Christian this, Christian that….? Please don’t get us wrong, we want to serve God and do what is right, but it seems that you can’t talk to people without them saying (the above). 

Answer

There is no such thing as a “Christian nation” or a “Christian College” or “Christian music”, etc. There may be Christians in a nation. There may be Christians in a college and the College may teach religious subjects, but that does not make the college or nation “Christian”. There may be songs about Christ, but that does not make it “Christian”. In Acts 11:26 “The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” “Disciple” simply means “follower”. To be a “follower” one would have to do whatever the one they were following said. In Acts 20:28 Jesus purchased the church “with his own blood” which referred to His death on the cross. We reach that blood, or receive the blessings of his death through baptism: Romans 6:3 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” Romans 6:4 “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” But before one can be properly baptized, one must first hear the gospel (Rom 10:17), and believe that Jesus is the Christ, Son of God (John 8:24) and that our sins caused him to have to go to the cross, and then repent of them (Acts 2:37-38).

Yes, the term “Christian” is overused, abused and misused.

By Danny Stanford

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