This question, “How can I become a Christian?” was posted as a comment to one of our blogs. As a Christian, we are both thrilled and concerned. We are thrilled that someone would like the joy and peace of knowing the Lord. We are also concerned that this might be some type of scam. Since we are commanded to preach the Word, we must be honest in presenting the Word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to guide the new believer as well as protect us from a potential scammer.
The question “What is a Christian?” is the foundation of Fundamentalism. It is astounding that such a seemingly basic question has so many answers throughout the Word of God. The first reason is that Jesus knows the hearts of men and knows how much we know already. He begins by pointing out to us our personal sins, the ones we might have so deeply hidden that we do not realize they are even there. The sins we are least willing to repent of are the sins which separate us from a thrice holy God.
The second important point is that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. God both cuts away our sin and is a soothing, healing balm to the repentant sinner. God is willing to meet us “where we are” if we are willing to “cast all of our cares on Him.”
The next important point is we must follow Jesus. Men are willing to “accept Jesus” like they buy a new car. He’s there when I need Him, but if I’m busy doing something else, then I’ll just park Him in the garage for awhile. This, sadly, describes most of America’s Christianity. People who emphasis their “liberty” use it as an excuse to “do my own thing.” Christ is just something to use when we need Him.