A Christian perspective on Christians (my perspective): beware of Christians (be aware of Christians)
Christians can be the most damaging ever in two cases: 1) when they’re advertising that they are Christians; 2) when they’re hiding that they are Christians.
When Christians advertise that they are Christians, it’s like someone sitting on a wheelchair trying to bypass the body scanner machine at the airport. See, they know that the world profiles Christians and associate them with certain values like sincerity, trustworthiness, forgiving. So they quickly claim to have those values in seeking to bypass the tests for those values.
On the other end of the axis, when Christians hide that they are Christians it is to maintain their stand that they can act like the world and do as they please without anyone holding them accountable in their character, since no one knows them as Christians.
The truth is that it is neither a Christian’s claim of being a Christian that makes him a Christian, nor it is his behavior that makes him a Christian. A Christian’s identity resides in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:16)
Christians can be just as backstabbing as the world. Christians can be liars just as the world.
The difference between the world and Christians is that the world rejoices in its sins, and Christians weep in their sins. What is the element? The presence of the Holy Spirit or lack thereof.
Christians, as a gift by mercy from God, has the Holy Spirit to keep them in line and convict them of right and wrong. The world has not the Spirit of God, but the spirit of the evil one, the one who rejoices in evil.
So if you find a Christian being the meanest person you have ever met, don’t be surprised. It’s like a smiling child poking his fingers into your eyes, because he lacks the understanding of the consequences of such act.
Not every Christian is in full maturity. But every Christian is maturing by the Holy Spirit dwelling in their heart. The Spirit gave them the new birth. the Spirit guarantees their upbringing following such new birth.
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” (Romans 8:14)
and the good news is that:
“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
(Thank you Lord, for such wonderful deposit, thank you, Amen)
Now that you have heard about Christians, beware of Christians (be aware of Christians).