In a world controlled by the forces of evil, maintaining a clean Christian living has become more and more difficult. Temptations abound all around us, making it difficult for many to maintain a life dedicated to Christ and following his teachings, regardless of one’s Christian denomination. This world has also begun to blur the lines of what it actually means to be Christian.
For many, it may simply mean to go to church once a week, celebrate certain festivals in a routine manner and at times pray but only when necessary. In other cultures, being a Christian may mean to follow certain traditions and customs in the way one dresses, the celebrations one follows, and how one treats women. In other cases, it would seem that some people consider being Christian the same way they would consider being members of a sports club: membership is optional, attendance is random and participation not always required as long as the membership fee is being paid. But is that really what a Christian religion should be all about?
Does being a Christian and maintaining high moral standards simply mean going to church once a week and following a few traditions? After all, shouldn’t the word ‘Christian’ reflect a certain attitude and specific values that reflect Christ’s teachings? In the years immediately following Christ’s death, how did early Christians and specifically those who knew Jesus personally, maintain a Christian life?
According to the book of Acts 9:2, early Christians referred to their beliefs as ‘The Way.’ This simple name bore a deeper meaning that reflected their profound believes in that Jesus was the Son of God. In this way, they believed that his teachings taught a way of life that separated them clearly from the world that surrounded them. Looking back at archaeological and historical records, their custom of not being part of this world still stands out clearly.
As such, Christianity and living like Christ means to follow the teachings of Christ by living a way of life that reflects his teachings. This may mean living life entirely different from the life most other people live around us.
Therefore, it is clear that true Christians in modern days need to be willing to show a distinctive way of life, patterning their lives according to the teachings of the Bible in a way that is noticeable to others. That means rejecting those things Jesus disagreed with, promote strong family ties and be honest and productive citizens. While it also requires obedience to governments, it clearly means that God’s instructions should come first, especially when in conflict with the former.
After all, true Christianity is a lot more than just a membership in some form of belief system or religion. Christian living today is a way of life and not just a random philosophy. Amid a prevailing corrupt world it is immensely important for true Christian to remaining loyal to God’s principles, reflect honesty, maintaining truthfulness as well as adhere to high moral standards. That is what it means to be a Christian.