CHRISTIANITY IS A CULTURE NOT A CONCEPT

The only way we can get the best out of Christianity is when we live it, and that has to do with manifesting the radiance of Christ in our day to day activities as we put hope on hope to someday see the Lord in Heaven. I honestly do not know how a child can manifest the radiance of his father if he did not talk/ act like him, and uphold with high esteem the virtues and values of his father. My brother Paul Lawer always tells me: The best description to Christianity is laying down your life for another’s. Look at even what 1 John 3:16-17 says, “16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?”

Christianity ceases to be an abstract idea once one surrenders his entire life into the hands of God through Jesus Christ, and it becomes his way of life. There and then Christianity becomes something one can feel, touch and hold, and those die hard unbelievers see them and walk boldly into Christianity. It only looks like a concept to those viewing it from afar, but to us in it, it is even more than our way of life – it is our life and our living. I always tell people: People who claim to be Christians will not denounce their identity in some circumstances if only they see their being Christian as a skin colour that they can do nothing about.

If we take Christianity as a culture that we eat, drink, think, walk, dress and wear, it will certainly become our immune system like Marimba Ani says, “Your culture is your immune system.” It is only there and then that what Paul wrote to the Corinthians to let their lives be epistles is manifested and comes into full force.

Let me quickly add that Christianity is not posing in your nicest of dresses with your Bible in hand and a necklace of the cross of Jesus hanging on your neck and dangling on your chest. There is more to it! It must be must be part of your makeup and definition. You cannot be defined without a culture and identity. So my question question is what culture have you been identified with that defines you?

A way of becoming defenceless and vulnerable is by losing your culture, your immune system. To stand your grounds as a Christian you must make it your culture and identity, not a concept and nonentity. God be with us all.

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