What does Christianity mean?
Who are these people commonly referred to as Christians who live and work among us? Literally, they are “Christ-followers,” people who believe in God, believe in His Son – Jesus Christ – and believe God’s Word, the Holy Bible. Hence, they are also called “believers.” They have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of their sins, believe in eternal life, and are generally honest and loving people.
There are chapters in the history of Christianity that we wish could be rewritten – things like the Crusades and the Inquisitions – but that’s not possible. It is also true that Christ-followers sometimes depart from the faith and bring disgrace to the name of Christ. But all the failures of the past and present (which are due to the failures of man and not God) cannot overshadow the wonderful and good influence that the Gospel and the Bible have had on our nation and the world.
As we approach one of the most important times of the year for the Christian, Good Friday and Easter, it seems fitting to acknowledge some of the beliefs of Christians that are held to be “orthodox” and accepted generally across denominational lines.
Christians believe in the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus gave His life on the cross to secure salvation for all who will trust in Him. We believe that Jesus was buried in a tomb and rose from the dead on the third day. We believe that Jesus ascended into heaven, and will one day return to this earth.
We believe that we have an obligation to walk honestly, to forgive freely, and to love unconditionally. This doesn’t mean that we refuse to take a stand for truth. It is because we do love that we are willing to tell the truth. A parent who loves his child will not hesitate to tell them, “No! You cannot play in the street!” It is a poor parent indeed who refuses to tell a child “No.”
So when, as a Christian, you are ridiculed for telling the truth or standing for Biblical principles, remember: you have no choice, you can do nothing less, for you are, after all a Christ-follower. And that means something!