So you say you’re a Christian.
So you say you love thy neighbor.
So you say you follow God’s commandments.
Does that make you a Christian?
What does it mean to be a real Christian?
Does it mean you read your bible everyday? Does it mean you lay out before God everyday? Does it mean you give tithe and offering and never miss a church service?
Is saying “I believe” enough to make you a real Christian.
The Bible tells is repeatedly that love is the #1 commandment. To Love God and our neighbors.
Above all, we are to treat each other with love and respect. Above all, we are to look out for our fellow brothers and sisters.
James 1:27 clearly states true religion is looking out for those in need and not letting the world corrupt us.
Matthew 22:36-40 tells us loving one another is just as important as loving God.
Does that say anything about reading the Bible daily, or posting a photo on Instagram of your devotional to prove you read your bible?
Does that say going to church makes you a Christian?
Does it say praying makes you a Christian?
Now, don’t get me wrong. All of these things are very important and are associated with being a Christian but the number one thing we get wrong, as Christians, is caring for others.
We learn in school the Golden Rule is to treat others the way you wish to be treated, but the older we get the more the golden rule becomes obsolete in our lives.
And it seems the more religious we become the more we look down on others.
When I read James 1:27 I thought of people that need help. Not just orphans and widows.
We as Christians need to do more. We should be the one helping one another. We should be looking out for each other.
There’s no need for anyone to be forced to make donations. Or forced to volunteer. As Christians we should want to help our brothers and sisters.
Christians should want to help, willingly, no matter the situation.
As Christians, people should see us and see the love of God.
Even when we say things that may not be considered the sweetest, it should come from God. We should strive to always show love and encourage. Through our words and actions.
We should all be nice and loving to one another.
Christian or Non-Christian.
It’s not enough to say you care. It’s not enough to say you believe. It’s not enough to just read your Bible or your daily devotional.
A true Christian is someone that follows God’s commandments. Especially his number one commandment, which is to love. First love Him, secondly love your brothers and sisters.
So here’s a friendly reminder. Love one another! Treat others the way you want to be treated!
Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses? Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments. [Matthew 22:36-40]
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. [James 1:27]