“Common” Christianity

When Jesus Christ told us what the world would know us by, He did not men­tion fish on the car, cross neck­laces, WWJD bracelets, or con­ser­v­a­tive (or lib­er­al!) pol­i­tick­ing. Sad­ly, char­ac­ter­i­za­tions and gen­er­al­iza­tions are often made which iden­ti­fy Chris­tians by these and oth­er equal­ly cliché things. We read phras­es on shirts, bumper­stick­ers, and wind­shields and con­clude that the per­son must be a Christian.

He did­n’t say we’d be known by an affin­i­ty for C.S. Lewis, Left Behind, or the Trin­i­ty Broad­cast­ing Network.

But when you, and espe­cial­ly unbe­liev­ers, think of Chris­tians, what things usu­al­ly come to mind? Does the love of the brethren–which Jesus did talk about–come to the fore­front of thought, or do stained-glass win­dows, tel­e­van­ge­lists seat­ed in gold­en throwns, and so on?

I’m curi­ous what you think of, whether believ­er or unbe­liev­er, so please leave a comment.






2 responses to ““Common” Christianity”

  1. Meg Avatar

    The first thing that comes to mind for me is a per­son who is active­ly liv­ing out the fruits of the Holy Spir­it, but not because they have to for oth­er peo­ple, but as a very nat­ur­al out­pour­ing of their rela­tion­ship with Jesus Christ.

    There is more to it than that, I think in pic­tures, and it would take a good many words to sum up the pic­ture that first comes to mind when I think of a Chris­t­ian. Any­how, I am a Chris­t­ian myself, so I can’t tell you what an unbe­liev­er first thinks of. :-)

    God bless!


  2. Rick Beckman Avatar

    Meg, I did­n’t know you read my blog… :) Nor did I know that you have one. lol.

    Glad to hear that “Chris­tians” con­jurs up bib­li­cal thoughts and con­nec­tions for you!

    Any­one else think of anything?

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