In the Webster dictionary the definition for Christian is:
A. a person who believes in the teaching of Jesus Christ
B. one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
C. a person who is a member of a christian church.
They kinda go in order from best to worst, but they all seem to be missing something.
What comes to mind when you hear the word Christian? I was reading a survey recently and unsurprisingly about 80% of non-church goers had a negative connotation for the word "christian". Not much better, 30% of church goers had a negative connotation for the word christian. Church goers and non church goers alike described Christians with words like judgmental, hypocritical, and holier than thou.
Followers of Jesus Christ were first called “Christians” in Antioch (Acts 11:26) because their behavior, activity, and speech were like Christ. Just with this one verse (Acts 11:26), the bible tells us that being a christian is more than just believing, or professing a belief. And is way more than attending or being a church member.
(If you are not a christian feel free to skip down to last paragraph)
As a Christian its always important to look at ourselves honestly, and to hold our brothers and sisters accountable to the way they are living. Here are a few questions to ask ourselves and each other.
Do you profess Jesus as your Savior?
Do you consider Jesus in your every day to day life and decisions?
Is loving God a daily event in your life?
Is loving others a daily event in your life?(including those who are enemies)
When planning your day is God your priority?
Does your behavior, activities, and words, reflect Jesus?
At the end of the day its up to the Christians to change the negative connotation of the word Christian into a positive one.
Lastly, for those of you who are not christian and have a hard time in believing many Christians' true intentions, I plead with you. Do not to judge Jesus on his followers. Me and every self proclaiming christian i know fall short of God's standard. We make mistakes. We will sometimes sound judgmental. We will sometimes look hypocritical. And we will sometimes have a holier than thou attitude. However i ask you give Jesus a true, genuine shot. Just start by reading a little about him. (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) After all it cant hurt.