Thought of the Day November 25, 2019 Am I a Christian?

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An unknown author says: “It is not what men eat but what they digest that makes them strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; not what we preach but what we practice that makes us Christians.”

Sheldon Van Auken in his book, Severe Mercy says, “The best argument for Christianity is Christians: their joy, their certainty, their completeness. But the strongest argument against Christianity is also Christians: when they’re self-righteous and smug in complacent consecration. When they’re narrow and repressive, then Christianity dies a thousand deaths.”

As we come to the end of another liturgical year, it is a good time to reflect on what kind of a Christian am I? We believe that Jesus is coming again to call his own to himself. That may be tonight for me, as death may take over. Will Jesus recognize me as a person worthy of his name? Will he say to me "Come into the eternal kingdom  prepared for you by my Father"? Or will he say: "Depart from me for I do not know you."? What defines us as a Christian? "It is not the one who says, 'Lord, Lord' who will enter the kingdom of God but the one who does the will of my Father." This is the defining point of a true follower of Christ: doing the will of God. This is what holiness is all about.

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