If you listen to televangelists, “religious people”, radio jocks, even politicians you may get the wrong idea of what Christianity is all about.
It can be hard for honest and sincere people to get a good understanding of what the Bible actually says, what Christians are actually like, and what God really wants you to do with your life when you are constantly bombarded by what passes as “the message” these days.
Thomas Jefferson (yes, the writer of the Declaration of Independence), used to go round and round with all the pious and religious people of his time regarding what religion should and shouldn’t do for a person.
The Founders had no real respect for organized religion. However, most of them were believers in a Creator and some were even Christians. They were NOT, however, church men. And the morals of any one of them would stack up against a church full of present day “conservative christians” and put that full church to shame.
That’s because the Founders understood the difference between doing/being righteous and just looking righteous.
That’s what God/Jesus wants you to understand and appreciate too. There is a difference between actually internalizing goodness and truth and just talking about it.
When you internalize goodness it changes you. It softens you and removes the negative emotions and feelings from inside. It takes away all the insecurities that tend to make a person act and look ugly.
Christ was goodness personified. He not only communed with the Spirit as a choice, He allowed the presence of the Father to actually live inside Him and control His actions.
As Peter preached in Acts 10:37,38
37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
It was the practice of Jesus to allow the Father to work through Him. To show people the Father was part of His mission here on Earth. In His prayer captured in John 17:4, He explains this. Speaking to His Father He says:
4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
As a Christian, your mission would be very similar if you were to choose to accept it.
Namely this: Show people Jesus.
This is what God is wanting from believers. He doesn’t want you asking “what would Jesus do?”, He want’s Christians to show others what Jesus would do.
What Jesus would do with anything that comes along to try and frustrate you. What Jesus would do when everything is going your way. What Jesus would do if He were to play a pickup game of basketball. What Jesus would do if He were to get a particular Job offer.
To be a Christian is not about where you stand on abortion or gay marriage. It’s not about which political party you belong to. It’s not about who you hang out with or don’t hang out with.
Being a Christian is about showing people who Christ is and what He has done for you.