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Why We Need to Throw Out the Term "Good Christian"

Try to be COMPLETELY honest with yourself right now. Is the following true of you?

You passionately love Jesus, but you don’t really want to be like Him.

You admire His humility, but you don’t want to be THAT humble.

You think it’s beautiful that He washed the feet of the disciples, but that’s not exactly the direction your life is headed.

You’re thankful He was spit upon and abused, but you would never let that happen to you.

You praise Him for loving you enough to suffer during His whole time on Earth, but you’re going to do everything within your power to make sure you enjoy your time down here.

In short: You think He’s a great Savior, but not a great role model.

The American church has abandoned the most simple and obvious truth of what it means to follow Jesus: You actually follow His pattern of life.

I pray for those who read this article — that we don’t become cynical or negative toward the church. Instead, let’s make a personal decision to stop talking so much and begin living like Jesus. Then we can say as the Apostle Paul, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1)

My guess is that you’ve never had someone say that to you, and you’ve never said it to anyone else. Why Not?

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Francis Chan is a California-based pastor and author of many bestselling books including his newest, Letters to the Church (David C Cook, September 2018).