[et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”]By most definitions, Jake is a model Christian. He doesn’t swear. He doesn’t go out drinking, nor does he run around with wild women. Further, Jake hasn’t ever gossiped one time in his entire life!
Yep, Jake is just about the best dog a man could ask for.
At this point, you’re probably thinking, “Ummm, dogs can’t become Christians,” and you’re correct. Then why do so many churchgoers define “Christian” in terms that could include animals? If we think a Christian is merely one who doesn’t “cuss, dip, or chew, or go with girls who do,” then we’ve reduced the Gospel of Jesus Christ to behavior modification. By this standard, a Christian is simply a person who doesn’t do “bad things.”
Let’s see if that definition works in the real world.
Some of us probably know Muslims who do not drink alcohol, let alone get drunk. Does that mean they are “Christian”? Many of us know atheists who do not murder. Does that mean they are “Christian”? Some Hindus don’t view pornography; many Buddhists never gossip. The fact that these people abstain from these sins doesn’t make them Christian.
In fact, we should probably quit labeling people as “Christian” based on what they DON’T do.
Yes, a Christian is supposed to avoid sin, but there’s much more to being a Christian than that! A Christian is one who follows Jesus Christ and seeks to glorify Him in all they say, think, and do.
Sorry. Jake can’t do that.
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