The Vague Concept of Christianity (Featured Post)

The title may be loud, but Moyosore is a fine Christian woman. The sentiments she expresses here really define what I think of how we have continued to try to make the Gospel relevant to our society, and to people. Christianity is quite fashionable, and people are on the bandwagon, probably because it’s a good deal. In all that freedom, we are losing the essence of Christianity as we are more inclined towards a self-satisfactory paradigm of Christianity, and not one that satisfies God. The question that keeps going on in my mind is simple: what happens when Christianity is out-of-fashion?

Please enjoy this blog’s first feature post.

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Moyosore Balogun:

The perception of what constitutes Christianity today is something I am struggling with at this time. I feel like the word “Christian” is now merely a blanket description for good, moralistic people who go to church. You are a “Christian” if you say simply that you are, even if just so you can feel among. Basically, anyone and everyone can address themselves as Christians. By the stress of common usage, we begin to now see how vague the concept of Christianity

Being called a Christian seemingly has no valuable connotation presently, since the word has been abused. There is that basic lack of understanding among many people who claim to be Christians; it is clear they don’t even understand what it means to be a Christian.

The word “Christian” was first used in Antioch. We all remember this from Sunday school. Why were they called Christians though? They were Christ-like; they behaved like Christ. It was that simple.

It’s just like someone walking up to ask if you are related to the Queen.

You ask why, and the person says because you dress like the queen, speak like the Queen, look like the Queen, act like the Queen, and you are a reflection of the Queen. The person can basically see the Queen in you. That’s how it’s supposed to be with being a Christian. Christ should be seen in you but this is definitely not the case today.

So before I moved to Toronto, when I had a conversation with you and you said you were a Christian, boom! That was it. There was always an instant click. I saw you as my brother or sister. Instantly a part of me felt like we definitely share the same values and the same ideologies

Now, things are very different.

You know how the bible says to test all spirits? I have ignored that part of the bible my whole life.

1st John: 4:1 says:

“My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world.” – MSG

You notice how the bible didn’t exclude those who call themselves Christians. It says to test ALL spirits; no exceptions.

The test-all-spirits thing, I never took it seriously. I just assumed that if you were Christian, we were one big happy family. But I have been meeting a lot of people who identify as Christians and if I were not a Christian, I would have said “if this is what being a Christian is, please count me out!!!”

The other day I went for a Christian BBQ. The person who organized the BBQ walked up to me and asked what I would like to drink.

Me: Oh, I’m good with just pop.

Organizer: What? Don’t tell me you won’t drink anything?

Me: What do you mean? I’m drinking pop.

Organizer: That’s not what I mean. We have all sorts of alcoholic drinks here. Make your choice.

Me: Oh that. I don’t drink.

Organizer: There is no way my Christian sister will come here and not drink anything. Are you trying to call us sinners? You know drinking is not a sin right?

Me: I never said drinking is a sin. I only said “I don’t drink”. I would like you to respect my decision.

How hard is that? “I don’t drink” is “I don’t drink”.

Why do you have to force me to drink? How could a Christian be so manipulative? Why would you try to quote scriptures just to get me to change my mind, trying to manipulate me into drinking alcohol?

If I respected your decision to drink, how hard could it have been for you to respect my decision not to drink? That is certainly not a characteristic of Christ, being manipulative.

I have been very gullible. Why shouldn’t I believe anything my Christian brother or sister says?

The other day I met a married young man. He had introduced me to his three children, and his dad. He spoke about his love for Christ and as usual I was excited; I had found another brother in the Lord.

One day we were having a conversation and I asked where his wife was.

“I have never met her”, I said.

Father of three: Who said I have a wife?

Me: Don’t you have three boys?

Father of three: What does that have to do with me having three boys?

He avoided the question, literally dancing around it.

I wondered why a married Christian man would try to be shady. I let it slide, however. “He’s a Christian”, I thought to myself.

He would call and text me frequently, and he was very nice. Too nice, in fact. He gave me free rides, and he would go the extra mile. Honestly, I didn’t think he was interested in me. I just thought he was being a good Christian man. Again I fell for the trap. It wasn’t until he told me about his plan to take me to Niagara Falls to spend the weekend that I saw the true reason behind his niceties.

“Oh with the family?” I asked.

“What do you mean with the family? Just the two of us”.

It was then I started adding up everything. If I were not a Christian, I would think all Christian men were like that. I knew I had to flee.

I can go on and on about all the different encounters I have had with Christians that made me pause, sit, and ask if this person is actually portraying Christ? Is this person a Christian?

Now when you tell me I’m a Christian, It’s a useless piece of information to me. It’s almost as useless as you telling me what you had for breakfast. Truthfully I really don’t care.

I have now decided to take John’s advice and test ALL spirits even the so-called Christians, so I get to know we are on the same page.

The problem now is that I am torn!!!

Would I have people know I am Christian by telling them or do I just leave out that part? I have had some people say “Oh, so you are a Christian? So you are one of them?”, and I don’t blame them. This is because the prestige and integrity that comes with being a Christian is slowly fading away. Now it’s more like being a Christian is the opposite of being Christ-like. This is sad!!

I have decided I would rather not introduce myself as a Christian. I don’t want you judging me based on your experiences with other Christians. I would rather let you figure that out yourself.

She doesn’t do what others do. There’s something different about her. The way she loves is extra-ordinary. She doesn’t dress the way others dress. There’s something unique about her, no matter how much you offend her she forgives you. She’s so stuck up and won’t gossip with us about the boss. She’s so weird. 

No I’m not weird, I’m Christian.

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  1. Beautiful. Apt. True.
    It has almost become merely another empty adjective in today’s world.
    I would identify as a Christian though, if only to stand with the truth of the testimony that the word rightly bears. To stand with and identify with the testimony of the Antioch believers and to say to my world that I am a Christian and I will by the grace of God live in the reality of that description.

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