How a Christian Lives

Many of the (supposed) Christians I know have lost their first love. You can tell by the way they live. A Christian obeys Jesus and follows Jesus rather than being invested in a political process. If I person is more invested in conservative (or liberal) politics, I don’t care what they say they believe. They are lukewarm, at best, Christians.

Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 3:7–14, NRSV)

If you have ears to hear it, I offer a word from Volf and Croasmun.

To perceive a form of life contrary to our own as truly desirable, to recognize in it the pearl of great price for which we are willing to sell everything, requires more than good vision and hearing, more than reliable information combined with unassailable arguments. It requires a death of the self and its rising again and a resultant shift in seeing and hearing, a new set of eyes and ears as the organs of a new self.

Volf, Miroslav; Croasmun, Matthew. For the Life of the World (Theology for the Life of the World) (pp. 123-124). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Please, please, please, Christians, get your story straight. Who are you?

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