by Kenny Gardner

I never to cease to be amazed by the answers people will give to that question. A lot of people will say, “Well, I consider myself a Christian.” Interestingly enough, some will reply, “I'm a member of such-and-such church.” But the question wasn’t whether they went to church or where, but were they Christians?

Why all the hesitation? Why are we so reluctant to say, “Yes, I am a Christian”? What is a Christian anyway? Isn’t a Christian a follower of Christ, one who belongs to Christ? I think maybe that’s the problem. Maybe we don’t really understand what a Christian is. We understand what it means to be a member of a particular church, and ministers can quickly tell you what to do to become one of their followers, but to learn what a Christian is, we should go to Jesus. Quite frankly, if a person is not interested in what Jesus had to say or how he lived his life, then I don’t see how he can wear Christ’s name by calling himself a Christian, because he’s not really a follower of Christ. Oh, he may be a good person, but if he’s not following Jesus, obeying his commandments, living as he did, teaching what he taught, then he’s really not a Christian in the true sense of the word. That may sound kind of strong, but that’s what Jesus said: “If you continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8.31).

If you would like to know more about what Jesus taught, then we invite you to attend one of the Bible classes of the Manitowoc Church of Christ, 1109 N. 17th Street. Though we are far from perfect, we do try our best to learn what Jesus taught and to live our lives accordingly.

Reprinted from Manitowoc Herald-Times Reporter, March 6, 1982