You Christians are so unlike your Christ

You have probably heard of Mahatma Gandhi, he was a great leader of India that led them to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights, and freedom across the world.[1]

A missionary by the name of Stanley Jones met with Ghandi and asked him: “Mr. Gandhi, though you quote the words of Christ often, why is that you appear to so adamantly reject becoming his follower?”

Gandhi replied: Oh, I don’t reject Christ. I love Christ. It’s just that so many of you Christians are so unlike Christ.[2]

“You Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

Ouch!

Paul says a couple times in First Corinthians to “imitate me as I imitate Christ” (4:16; 11:1). Here in First Corinthians chapter five, the Corinthian church is not imitating either Paul or Christ, but imitating the pagan world, and in this case they are worse than the pagans around them.

1 Corinthians 5:1-2 NAU   It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father’s wife. You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst.

It is reported that a man has his father’s wife. This is wrong according to the Old Testament law and even the Roman law. The church knows about it, somehow Paul heard about it, and chances are that the entire town knows about it. Instead of mourning over this sin, the church became arrogant and acted like it was no big deal. The church allowed this sin to go on, whether by saying nothing or encouraging it. Even those outside of the church do not do this type of thing.

For the health of the church, this person should have been removed from the congregation since he was not willing to turn from his sin, but instead the church allowed it to destroy their testimony and to make God out to be a laughing stock.

Imagine yourself in the city of Corinth at this time in history and you heard about what was going on in this church. Would you be interested in this church or the things of Christ? Those outside of the church were probably saying on the street, “You Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

Fast forward to present time. Hopefully you don’t have your father’s wife, but do you do things that are unlike Christ?  What if we interviewed your neighbors, co-workers, friends at school; would they say, “You Christians are so unlike your Christ”?

Gandhi went on to say, “If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today.”[3] It is probably safe to say that if Christians really lived according to the teachings of Christ, most of the world would be Christian.

You and I should be living according to the teachings of Christ. This can be done as we spend time reading God’s Word and talking to the Author of it. Hopefully it will not be said of you and I, “You are so unlike your Christ.”

 

1 John 2:6 NAU.  The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

 

By Brian Hill                                  Downpour Fellowship                          www.downpour.me



[2] The Knights Templar & the Protestant Reformation  By James Edward Stroud. Pg 162

[3] Ibid

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