By Elle, Walk The Same
Read: James 1:27
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
You have the bumper sticker that tells the car behind you that you are so into Jesus. The lady from the media booth at church simply adores you because you are her best customer. Your friend travelling with you in your car can’t get a word in because you are blasting the music of your favourite Christian band and even singing along to it. The pastor is impressed because you come regularly to church and shakes your hand, with a smile that goes from ear-to-ear, after the service. Your followers on social media are hard on your heels because of your biographical information sharing that you are a hardcore Christian.
One day, you walk out of a church service and head home. A woman with her two hungry kids by the side of the road reaches out to you, asking for your help. You hum a tune, drown her calls and walk past her.
Are you a Christian or are you deceiving yourself, pretending to be one by covering your true self with just the right kind of “Christian” habits?
This kind of pretence isn’t new and has become all too common these days. So many people profess to be Christians and yet fail to walk and do the same things Jesus did. Many people overlook their “crosses” and choose convenience over what matters. So many people call themselves Christians and yet ignore the problems in our world. The reason for this inconsistency is due to the fact that many of us aren’t truly living the way Christ has called us to live as Christians— to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:31). Change cannot happen in our world, when we choose us and our conveniences over that of those around us.
How different things would be had we chosen to go out of our way to live out Christ‘s calling. Our world would see more love, more kindness, more compassion, more grace and a community that thrives in love.
It is only by living the way Christ has called us to that we are a true Christian. A Christian is one that changes the world into one where Christ is more present and our egos and selfishness less so.
Live it up!