Oh my, can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this in the past week or so, “That’s not very Christian like.” Not just to me personally, but to other people who are recanting one story or another. It’s rather amazing when you consider who the words are usually coming from. Let’s take a look.
The first group of people I will call aliens. Yes, I know it could be a controversial topic given what is going on in America right now, but it seems like the best a title for them.
ALIEN: stranger: anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found; not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something
These are the people who are not, never have been, and never really want to be a Christian. I guess we should really look at the word Christian as well:
CHRISTIAN: following the teachings or manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus Christ; An individual who seeks to live his or her life according to the principles and values taught by Jesus Christ
These aliens using the line, “That’s not very Christian …” is like a Martian coming to Earth and telling us, “That’s not very Earthling like.” Really? And how would the Martian know what an Earthling is supposed to be like?
The second group of people I am going to call illegal aliens.
ILLEGAL ALIEN: a person in a country who is not a citizen of that country. A person who is within the boundaries of a political state without that government’s authorization; a national of another country who has entered or stayed without permission.
These are the Martians who are walking around pretending to be Earthlings. You ever see the TV Show or Movie, “V”? That’s what they would be like. They want everyone to believe they are human but they really aren’t. These are really hard to spot sometimes because they have gotten really good at convincing others, as well as themselves, that they are really Christians. They just like the title because they realize that being a Christian is a good thing which means not being one is a bad thing, which they don’t want to be. But, no matter how much they look like a Christian, they are not. This is like a Martian coming to Earth pretending to be an Earthling telling us, “That’s not very Earthling like.” Really? They only pretend to know what an Earthling is supposed to be like.
The third group of people are aliens with Visas. These are Martians, allowed to move about the Earth, living like Earthlings but never really hiding the fact that they are actually Martians. I’d like to call these people the Sunday Christians. They go to church every Sunday, maybe even other times throughout the week, but they still live like they are not Christians. The other days of the week might find them, hanging out at a bar, cussing and swearing on the golf course, using pornography or watching X rated movies (or even movies they wouldn’t watch with Jesus), cheating on their spouse, telling little white lies, gossiping about their friends, among other things that they wouldn’t do if Jesus was actually walking with them. They just aren’t quite ready to commit to all the requirements of being a true Earthling/Christian.
The fourth set of people are the hardest to understand. These are the people who are true Earthlings or a Martian that has undergone a “heart” transplant. They are the real deal now. These people are real Christians. However, they have allowed themselves to be influenced by all the other’s around in regards to what a “True Christian” is. They’ve been brainwashed by someone from the other three groups and seem to forget that there is we have manual that tells us what we need to know.
Regardless of which person is saying, “That’s Not Very Christian …” the truth of the matter is, unless you look to the Bible, you don’t know the truth. Most people want to believe that a Christian is always kind, thoughtful, caring, faithful, meek, loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, quiet … etc. All those things ARE what Christians are supposed to be. But that is not all. There are many sides to a Christian, and sometimes it’s not warm and positive. Let’s take a look at some scriptures:
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “But you have to share the gospel with them.” “The Christian thing to do is to sit down and tell them what Jesus has to say.” But you know what, this is NOT always the case. I wonder how many people Jesus walked by? Sometimes, we just need to keep our mouths shut. Matthew 7:6 Commentaries on that scripture.
How many times have we heard “It’s not Christian like to judge people”? Or how many times have we tried to confront a “brother or sister” in Christ with wronged us or hurt us and they have said, “That’s not very Christian, you’re supposed to forgive and forget.” Matthew 18:15 tells us to confront. Commentaries on that scripture.
What about when you don’t want to hang out with someone who is living in a sinful way? What if you have to ask them to step down from a ministry or leadership position because of what they are doing? “That’s not very Christian because Jesus hung out with the sinners.” “That’s not very Christian because we are all sinners.” Matthew 18:17 tells us how to treat those who walk in sin. Commentaries on that scripture.
What about when you show someone in the Bible something they are doing wrong and they pull the “cast the first stone” scripture out on you? Or when you confront someone with something that is wrong? “That’s not very Christian like, you should just pray for them.” Matthew 18:18 tells us to declare that which is unlawful. Commentaries on that scripture. Luke 17:3 says to pay attention and reprove a brother. Commentaries on that scripture.
What about the husbands that treat their women like property because they are the head of the house? If a man serves a woman they say, “That’s not very Christian like, a woman is meant to serve a man.” “That’s not very Christian like, you’re woman might tell you want to do, but no woman runs me.” But Luke 22:26 says that the chief and the leader will be like the one that serves. Commentaries on that scripture.
Here’s the thing, I’m not saying that we do these “negative” things all the time. The Bible says there is a time and place for everything. And if we look to Jesus to see what a Christian looks like, sometime we find him calling people names, snapping a whip around them, flipping over tables, and walking past them. Christians do not always have to be the happy, warm fuzzy, positive side of every word. Sometimes “That’s not very Christian like … ” could end with “to not say anything,” or “push the Gospel on them,” or “sit back and peacefully let that happen,” or “to not tell them that was wrong,” or “make that woman serve you.”
If you are a true citizen of someplace, you learn what it means to BE a citizen there. If someone from another country wants to move to the United States of America, they shouldn’t try to change America to be the way they want, they should try to become the way America is, or move to a country that is more like how they want it. (Of course, American’s shouldn’t try to make other countries be the way they want them either.)
We have to stop trying to make the Kingdom of God the way we want it to be when there is a little pressure put on us to change or it starts to feel a little uncomfortable. If we really want to be citizens of the Kingdom of God, then we have to follow what he says or move to another Kingdom. And we do not have to let someone from another Kingdom tell us how we should be or what our Kingdom should look like, only the King can do that. And he’s written all his rules down in the Bible and on our hearts with the Holy Spirit.
So, next time you hear “That’s not very Christian like …” consider who’s saying it and what your King would say about it.