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Thursday, 13 January 2011

What is a REAL Christian?

I don't often repost stuff but I just read this over at Jon Acuffs blog 'Stuff Christians Like' and it touched me today. For info, he has a great blog and several books out (although I'm ashamed to say I don't have any of the books...oops) but the blog is great at pointing out the obvious stuff that most of us miss! and a whole heap more.
This is from todays post (it's only half of it, the begining sets the scene, click the link at the bottom for the whole thing, but this was the bit that spoke to me) -

“You’re not a real writer.”
“These people, these portfolios, these are real writers.”
“They’ve got it all together. You don’t. They went to graduate school for two years. You hacked together a portfolio in your kitchen and then flew a thousand miles for a 20 minute conversation? You’re not a real writer.”
That phrase, “real writer” is a curious one to me because I think it translates across so much more than just our careers. I think sometimes, if we’re not careful, we can start to hear it in our faith.
I’ve felt that in the last couple weeks as I’ve wrestled with the anxiety and opportunity of writing my next book. I feel stressed about it and tangled up with fear and worry and happiness and hope and a potpourri of emotions. And into that I hear the siren’s call that tells me,
“If you were a real Christian, you wouldn’t ever doubt.”
“If you were a real Christian, you wouldn’t feel this way.”
“If you were a real Christian, you wouldn’t keep making the same mistakes over and over again even though you try your hardest not to.”
Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever looked at another Christian and thought, “That person has it all together. They have it all figured out. They’d never feel like I do right now or stumble like me. That person is a real Christian. I’m some sort of counterfeit.”
I can’t imagine I am the only one who has ever wrestled with that. So for you and me, I want to remind of something.
Real Christians struggle with doubt.
Real Christians feel sad and even mourn.
Real Christians don’t have all the answers.
Real Christians make mistakes.
Real Christians need grace, constantly.
Above all, I think “Real Christian” is actually a fake term. It’s a phrase the devil constructed to keep us searching and striving and dying to achieve a label the Lord doesn’t even use.
What does He call us? What phrase or words does he give us instead of “Real Christian?”
And it turns out, those two words are enough.

Stuff Christians like


Alan Crawley said...

Today I read the article on Page 8 of this and your post made me think of it. Hang in there till you get to the sermon on the temptations.

Seeker said...

I think the accusations about not being a 'real Christian' come from within and from without, but the accusation is the same: you're not perfect - you're not the archangel Gabriel (or the Saviour of the world. Christians get accused of being hypocrites when our lives don't match what we say we believe. To which I can only agree - we're human. We have feelings which we need to feel (doubt, grief etc.. We sin and so have constant need of mercy and grace.