My oldest son turned fourteen last week. His ‘gift’ was the video game “Rock Band”. The game came complete with a “guitar,” a “drum set” and a “microphone” and is, to me, a ‘glorified’ karaoke-type game. Although I am NOT a karaoke fan, (except if my little sister is singing) I will confess — I LOVE THIS GAME!!
Last night I “rocked out” with my boys for, oh, I don’t know, an hour or so. I would like to THINK I can truly “rock out,” and, although my boys seem rather IMPRESSED with my ‘skills,’ honestly, I am really NOT good — I am VERY good at pretending though!
Which brings to question…
How many of us are PRETENDING to be Christians?!
We go to church, follow the ‘instructions,’ watch and ‘mimic’ the “STARS” (those that we think have it all figured out). We might read and study the “music” (Bible). (Some of us may even memorize parts of it.) We pray. We worship and praise. We do everything that we are TOLD is “pleasing” to God, but, does that make us a “Christian”?
What does a Christian look like anyway?! How does a Christian behave? Do we just hold the ‘microphone’ and follow the words on the screen?
Many say that a Christian is one that follows the Great Command — to LOVE (simplified). While I agree, MANY debate what “LOVE” looks and acts like because we all have different life experiences from which we define LOVE. LOVE “looks” different for different people. You know, some ‘sing’ base, others sing tenor.
So, what else can we find is (should be) an ‘attribute’ of a Christian?
I found the Gospel of John, Chapter 14 particularly helpful. In this chapter we find the disciples freaking out because Jesus had just explained that He is going away and they don’t know how they are supposed to “carry on.” One of the last things Jesus says to His disciples in this verse is:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
So, a Christian has (or SHOULD have) the PEACE of Jesus/should be “at” PEACE.
What then, you ask, is peace?
Webster defines peace as:
1: a state of tranquillity or quiet: as a: freedom from civil disturbance b: a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom
2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
3: harmony in personal relations
4 a: a state or period of mutual concord between governments b: a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity
5—used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell — at peace : in a state of concord or tranquillity
Given that Christ left us His peace, should not a “Christian” KEEP (SAFEGUARD) that PEACE? Additionally, doesn’t it also make sense that a “Christian” should be mindful to NOT ‘trouble’ or put FEAR in the heart of another (thus stealing their PEACE)?
There are a LOT of attributes of a “Christian.” I don’t know about you, but “PEACE” sounds like a verse of a “New Song” that I want to sing along to!
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