Just Sayin'
3/27/12 at 09:33 AM 1 Comments

Not Better, Not Perfect, Just Christian

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     I am definitely not the poster child for Christianity.  You will not find my picture next to the definition of Christian in Webster’s Dictionary.  I don’t put scripture verses up all over my Facebook page.  I don’t have a John 3:16 bumper sticker on my car.  I don’t listen to just Christian music.  I don’t wear Christian t-shirts everywhere I go.  I am not at church every time the doors are open.  I am inappropriate at times and very blunt.  I have been told numerous times that my delivery needs work.  I believe that I am always right.  My favorite Café Press t-shirt is, “I see stupid people”. 

     My relationship with God is a little bit of a rollercoaster ride.  Sometimes, He leads and I follow.  Sometimes I lead as He walks beside me shaking his head.  Sometimes we fight.  I yell, “No”, and He whispers, “Yes”.  Sometimes God wins those fights and I get to experience something miraculous.  Sometimes God loses, you know free will and all, and I get to experience His discipline.  Sometimes he seems very far away, but always He is with me, loving me, consoling me, and guiding me.  Sometimes, God pursues me, while I am running for the exit.  Sometimes, He carries me when I am too broken to even crawl.  Sometimes, I throw Him over my shoulder and carry Him around like a burden.   Sometimes, I weep and He places his hand on my shoulder and weeps with me.  Sometimes, I laugh and He says, “See, I have a sense of humor, too”.  Rollercoaster ride, definitely.

     Through these and in spite of these, I am a Christian.  When I say that, this is what I mean:

When I say ... "I am a Christian,"
I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin'.
I'm whispering "I was lost,
Now I'm found and forgiven."

When I say… "I am a Christian,"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble,
And need CHRIST to be my guide.

When I say ... "I am a Christian,"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak,
And need HIS strength to carry on.

When I say ... "I am a Christian,"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed,
And need God to clean my mess.

When I say ... "I am a Christian,"
I'm not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are far too visible,
But God believes I am worth it.

When I say ... "I am a Christian,"
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches,
So I call upon His name.

When I say ... "I am a Christian,"
I'm not holier than thou.
I'm just a simple sinner
Who received God's good grace somehow.

                                                                                     Maya Angelou

     When you hear Christian, look, and don’t see perfect, guess what?  You are right! I am definitely not.  The only difference between you and I is that I have ACCEPTED that I was born into sin because of the fall of man, BELIEVED that Jesus who knew no sin took my punishment and died on the cross for my sins, and have CONFESSED that belief with my mouth.   Don’t judge me too harshly.  I fall.  I stumble.  I make mistakes, but praise God I have a heavenly Father that loves me unconditionally and chose me to be His and I accepted.  It’s my hope that in a world where bad things are done in the name of God, where Christians call out and condemn other Christians, and where people looking for Christian perfection find none that we all reexamine exactly what it means to be a Christian and find some humility by remembering who we are and what we were.  We are not better, not perfect, but Christian.  Just sayin’.

 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely though the redemption that is in Jesus Christ: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation though faith in his blood…”  Romans 3:23-25

“…Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” I Corinthians 15:3- 4

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him(Jesus) from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”  Romans 10:9-10

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