Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What Is A Christian?

Co-host Willie Geist of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" didn't like what he was hearing from Franklin Graham yesterday morning.

Being pressed by Geist to declare that President Obama is a Christian Graham said, "I think you have to ask President Obama...he's come out saying he's a Christian. So I think the question is What Is A Christian?"

Geist didn't like the answer and continued to press. Graham said he thought the President's description of how he became a Christian was more focused on his community organizing than about a heartfelt connection with the Almighty.

Geist continued, "So therefore by your definition, he's not a Christian?"

Last Easter, Franklin Graham faced the same kind of angst over the same issue from Christiane Amanpour on ABC's "Face The Nation". Amanpour is gone from "Face The Nation" but the question persists. Is he a Christian?

Graham told Amanpour, "For him going to church means he is a Christian."

It isn't just the press thinking about this idea of what is a Christian and how that relates to the President and those who seek to become the President, the public is giving it some thought as well.

A 2010 PEW poll found that 34% of Americans said they believe President Obama is a Christian, a sharp decline from 2008 when they found 51% thought he was a Christian.

So what is a Christian?

The message Franklin Graham is taking around the world is this:

"For me, the definition of a Christian is whether we have given our life to Christ and are following him in faith, and we have trusted him as our Lord and Savior. That's the definition of a Christian. It's not as to what church you are a member of. A membership doesn't make you Christian."

Perhaps an even more poignant question would be one we would ask ourselves, "Am I a Christian? Have I given my life to Christ? Am I following Him in faith? Have I trusted Him as my Lord and Savior?"

Is my profession of Christianity merely an acceptance of a civil religion, or testimony of a new and transformed life in Christ? Is it a proclamation of philosophical acceptance or of spiritual transformation?

May God bless you and make Himself real to you.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

4 comments:

  1. I have been asked by many well meaning Christians "Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?"

    That question always struck me as strange.

    1. Jesus Christ is my Savior and your Savior. I don't own Him so I have difficulty saying that He is my PERSONAL Savior.

    2. Why ask if I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior? A better question would be to ask "Is my life acceptable to Jesus Christ?"

    Jesus is the Savior regardless of whether I accept Him as such. My acceptance of Him does not change His status of Savior on iota. If I am living my life in a manner that is acceptable to Christ then that means everything. One cannot live a Christ like life without faith in Jesus Christ and one cannot have faith in the Master without accepting Him as same.

    By their fruits ye shall know them.
    We are not to judge, but we can be fruit inspectors.

    I have inspected Barack Obama's fruit and found only rottenness.

    You be the judge.

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  2. 1. I wish Franklin wouldnt refer to the illegal WhiteHouse Occupant as "President.

    2. I wish Franklin would come right out and label this marxist as the anti-Christian Muslem he really is.

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    1. I agree. Look at the damage he has already done. He wants to destroy America. We have to elect a real Christian. Santorum is the best candidate of all. He's ahead here in Washington. Let's all support him!

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