Dr. Vernon Grounds said,“I’m not a Christian because I happened to be born in a so-called Christian country. I’m not a Christian because my parents, when I was a child, may have carried me into a church where I was baptized. I’m not a Christian because now on occasion I will attend a religious service in some church that is supposedly, nominally, and maybe truly Christian. No, I’m a Christian because I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.” How do people use the label “Christian” in regard to national identity, baptism status, and church attendance?

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    • #95338780

      Many people see being a “Christian” as a ritual instead of being based on the person of Jesus Christ who died for our sins. Baptism, church attendance, and identity are all that matter to these people.

    • #95334423

      These are people who have grown up in church, going with parents or friends, even being baptized but never making a personal acceptance of Jesus as their Lord and Savior. It is not about what we do but what we accept.

    • #95332659

      People use “Christian” so loosely – and it hasn’t just begun. This has been happening throughout history but we see it more now based on social media and news sources available at all times. This term can be used flippantly as a way to look more “American”, to hold onto a view that his/her afterlife is just fine, that good outweighs bad. “I go to church” is a common view that everything in a person’s life is just fine because every now and then they go to church or a religious service. Nothing WE do will ever be enough to cover our sin. Jesus did that. It is all about what Christ has done for us and the acceptance of His free gift.

    • #95331536

      Some people assume that others are Christians because they live in a primarily Christian nation, are baptized, or go to church regularly. The true Christian is one who has accepted Christ and who has changed his life to reflect and model Christian behavior.

    • #95327564

      I think some people, once that decision is made, use it as a fallback. They make their choices and then fallback on the fact that they are a “Christian”. I believe that being a Christian goes beyond church attendance and I think there can be real damage done to a Christian in certain church atmostpheres. Church attendance does not define is a person is a Christian.

    • #95321050

      I think recently in the Western culture (America), the meaning of the term Christian has changed. People describe themselves as Christian if they attend church at some point throughout the year, or hold some belief in Jesus. Others describe themselves as Christian because they have been baptized. The issue generally is that the faith stops there. To call yourself a Christian means that you realize you are a sinner in need of saving, and that Jesus is the only one that can do it. After you acknowledge that He has saved you, there should be a love and gratitude towards Him that leads you into a life that is pleasing in his sight. It also should lead to a life that leads you to share the news to others around you.

    • #95317917

      I think that sometimes people think they are “more Christian” or “better Christians” if they attend Church more often, go to Bible studies, read their Bible, etc. There are things we can DO to make ourselves feel like Christaians, and yes these things are important BUT they are not the only requirement to being a Christian. It is easy to hide behind the stereotypical behaviors of Christians when in actually your personal relationship with Jesus could be broken.

    • #95316224
      Woo seob

      Are we Christ? When distinguishing whether or not, judge based on what is seen. In other words, it is the appearance of attending church, holding or reading a Bible, and praying at meals. Of course, this also indicates that it is Christ, but the more ultimate is the direct relationship between God and himself. In other words, only God knows that he is a child of God.

    • #95314397

      I think some people may believe they are a Christian if they go to church or they were baptized as an infant. Many people will identify as Christian because of their heritage or what was practiced in the home. They may identify as a Christian without ever asking Jesus to be their Savior. Some may not think it is necessary; they grew up in a Christian home, so therefore they are a Christian. Their parents had them baptized as children or they always went to church. I do agree that none of these things make people Christians. However, I do feel like people identify as Christian if one of these instances applies to them.

    • #95310605

      This is an interesting question.
      While I agree with Dr. Vernon Grounds, I do think that people use the label “Christian” with a different thought process.
      For example, a Christian nation is one that where most people would identify that they go to a church that is a Christian denomination…however does that match Dr. Grounds’s definition?
      Also, baptism is an outward response to a person’s inward decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

    • #95305521
      Judith kamugisha

      Christianity is not regarding by baptism but by accepting Jesus is in our heat.

    • #95301729

      Yes, I do believe People use the label “Christian” in regards to national identity, for a person being born in a country where the Christian faith is hightly respected does not make them a Christian no more than being baptised because of their parent’s baptism status, neither will attending church daily will make one a Christian or even claiming to know Jesus Christ, because Christians are judged by their behaviour and not by their status.

    • #95300121

      I think people use the label “Christian” to give an overarching title to an unknown belief. I think it is a “safe” label sometimes, especially in a country where the predominant religion is Christianity. I also think that there are “rules” that someone follows in order to be called a Christian. They may believe that church attendance is what determines your beliefs, what you grew up in, if you’ve been baptized, etc. I think this label has been overused, and does not always mean that the person they are talking about (or even themselves) have actually accepted Jesus as their Savior.

    • #95298585

      Christianity is not based on religion names, attending the church service, but the a relationship with Jesus through his birth, death and resurrection by faith, Paul said we’re not saved by our deeds but his grace when we believed him,Christian foundation is grace and faith and not our deeds and religious matters.

    • #95297735

      I think many people would agree that they identify as “Christian”. This usually means that they believe there is a God, they attend church, and generally try to be a good person. I think we’ve lost the understanding that to truly be saved as a Christian those things alone are not enough if you do not repent and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

    • #95293433

      I think many times the label “Christian” is used as a flippant identifier out of habit and upbringing, without acknowledging there must be a relationship with Christ. Many Americans would call themselves Christian, and they are not. They simply grew up under Judeo-Christian values, or in a home with parents who claimed Christianity.

    • #95285662
      Kevin Menear

      People often describe themselves as Christian because they are born in an area that is dominated by Christian culture, or if they were baptised, or if they attend church. Yet, the only true admittance to the body of Christ is through a personal relationship with the risen Christ.

    • #95284732

      People label themselves as Christian based on their circumstances, not because they have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.

    • #95279434

      People use the label “Christian” in a variety of ways. In the United States, it is used to identify a group of people, in particular, Evangelicals who in many instances are linked to the republican party. Some use the term “Christian” to make a distinction between themselves and others. Some may not have Christ in their hearts, but because they attend a church or are a part of a Christian organization, they automatically use the term “Christian.”

    • #95278318

      I think that often the term Christian is used to indicate that I am a good person. It can be used in a derogatory way as well referring to someone who seems to be a “goody goody” type of person – one who perhaps doesn’t drink, smoke, cuss, or do drugs.

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      Our Daily Bread
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