Definitions included . . .
- Follower of Christ
- Child of God
- Bible believer
- love Jesus because he died for our salvation
The group seemed wowed by my definition . . .
A person who has trusted in Jesus' death and resurrection as paying the penalty for our sin, and who lives a transformed life as a result.
This time of reflection on "What is a Christian?" got me thinking. Would the average Australian, if asked randomly while walking down the street, give any of these answers? Maybe they would be more likely to say things like . . .
- someone who has been baptised
- someone who doesn't have sex before marriage
- a person who goes to church
- me, becuase my parents were in the Church of England
- a person who doesn't like gays
Some of these things are not an accurate impression of Christianity. Some of them are true, but they are simply expressions of a transformed life or of our continuing struggle against sin. How do you think that Christians can do better at giving the right impression of what a Christian is, so that more people might be likely to give the same definition that we would?