Why are you a Christian? Do we ever stop to really think about why we profess to be a Christian? On the surface, the answer seems to be self-explanatory. Upon deeper reflection, I think you’d be surprised as to why you or anyone else “really” claims that title.
Some claim to be a Christian because it’s what we do. Our nation, started on Christian principles as some would say, has claimed Christianity almost like a national religion. Sure, other religious practices abound in America, but they are drastically outnumbered. Christianity, in all its denominational forms, is practiced by most of us claiming a religious belief. (I’ll go ahead and say right here that denominationalism is, in fact, not really Christianity at all but man’s feeble attempt to mold God’s law to his desires. The church of Christ is the church of Christ and it will always and forever belong to Him.)
Some claim to be a Christian to be a part of the “in” crowd. In many areas, one can plug themselves into the community by who they know and associate with at church. It’s all about what they can get out of the relationship. Networking at its finest.
Others call themselves a Christian because it’s what they’ve always done. They were raised in the church, they were baptized, and now they just go with the flow because of its comfort level. They have never stopped to ask why they believe what they believe.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:25-30 that we cannot be divided among different loyalties. We cannot choose which part of God or Christianity we like as if we’re dealing with some spiritual buffet. Verse 30 reminds us that we’re either “all in” or “all out.” Our choice is not just to become a Christian and have our sins forgiven and that is the end of our commitment. Our only choice is to follow God completely! If there is not a complete commitment, isn’t it true that we are just “playing” Christian? Christ scolds the church of Laodicea in chapter 3 of Revelations for this very thing… halfheartedness. They showed a zeal for Christ when it met their needs and stayed quiet and complacent the rest of the time. In fact, Christ even says He would rather us pick a side. There is no in between.
Well? Why are you a Christian? If serving God and others is not at the top of your list of reasons, you might want to rethink your commitment. And don’t forget that the choice we make has very real eternal consequences.