Approximately one out of every three people on the earth today calls himself a Christian. Is that too many…or too few?
Consider what Mahatma Ghandi said:
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
That being the case, it’s doubtful that going from one out of three to two out of three is going to convince the remaining third to join in.
The qualifications for being counted as a Christian have become very watered down from what they were in biblical times. Today, all one has to do is to say “I’m a Christian” and that ends all debate on the subject. There may be good Christians, bad Christians, and awful Christians, but a person’s own self-description seems to be the sole and deciding criterion as to whether he is or isn’t a Christian.
The spiritual reality is that the world needs the kind of Christians that could do the reputation of Christianity some good. Otherwise, we might as well count Christians as being pretty much like everyone else. As Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount:
Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
What we need instead are Christians who act like Christ:
1 John 2:6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
What we don’t need Christians who act like the devil:
Matthew 23:15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
If you think that only Christians go to heaven, then you want the number of Christians to be high. However, believing that everyone is going to heaven gives you a different perspective. Specifically, in terms of helping the world, it’s not the number of Christians that matter – it’s their power. For as Jonathan the son of Saul said:
1 Samuel 14:6 …the LORD is not restrained to save by many or by few.”
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)