Christianity Is More Than Just a T-Shirt

Being a youth minister I have become a big fan of Walt Mueller and the CPYU. I have also spent a lot of time reading his blog. He is full of wisdom when it comes to the media and a Christian worldview. His most recent post, Integration, Same-Sex Marriage, and White Bikinis. . . . got me thinking a lot about what it means to be a true Christian. You should take a moment to read it yourself.

Many of us call ourselves Christians. We wear the t-shirts and crosses around our necks. When people ask us about our faith, we tell them we are Christian. However, many of us self-proclaimed Christians fail to actually live the life of a Christian to the fullest (myself included). Carrie Prejean is a perfect example of this. Don’t get me wrong, I salute her for what she said. It takes a lot of guts to stand up on a national stage and proclaim her beliefs, especially when she knows that the one asking the question won’t like her answer. She could have given the answer that Perez Hilton wanted to hear in an effort to win the title, but she didn’t. She stood her ground. However, as Walt points out, her prancing around stage in a little white bikini does not exemplify Christian behavior.

Being a true Christian means integrating the teachings of Christ into your WHOLE life, not just when it’s convenient for you. It is a lifestyle. You need to wear Christ in your heart, mind, soul, AND body. I admit, I’m a miserable failure at doing this. All of us are. It’s a part of our fallen nature. But we should all make an effort to integrate Christ into our whole being instead of just wearing the t-shirt.

Published in: on May 1, 2009 at 7:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

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