The pastor of the church we attend keeps a blog. I was just reading it and came across the following entry. They’re all fantastic, but this one hit home because really, if more of us just concerned ourselves with loving God and loving people, I think maybe people would start opening themselves up to the Church again, or for the first time (and by “church” I mean the body of Christ).
Anyway, here it is:
There is a reason this picture hangs in the main hallway at Southland. Ghandi once said, “Ask the poor and they will tell you who the Christians are.” The word Christian is a noun. It is a distinction given to a person who follows Jesus. It was never intended to be an adjective. So in that sense the word has been cheapened because that is exactly what the word has become. We speak in terms of Christian books and Christian schools and Christian music, but rarely do we speak in terms of a Christian—the person who follows Jesus. It is a noun, not an adjective. A noun that loves verbs. Verbs like “go” and verbs like “live” and verbs like “give” and verbs like “love.” Verbs Jesus used. Because Jesus was a person of action. And those who claim to be his followers are supposed to be people of action as well. Are you a noun that loves verbs? If you are, then you will follow Jesus. And if you follow Jesus, more than likely you will spend a good deal of time among the poor.