When I was a kid, I understood that being a real Christian meant NOT doing certain things. Those evil things that I understood to be un-Christian-like were things that would lead you down the highway to hell. Here were a few of those no-no’s:
Certain types of card games (like poker)
My thought process was if you didn’t dance, dip, drink, cuss or do any of the other unmentionables, you were a good Christian. Oh, and you simply had to go to church. I remember one day looking at my friends dog, Samson, and thinking, “Sam doesn’t drink, cuss, smoke or dance. He is by far the best Christian I know.” (I didn’t know at the time that Samson, much like the guy he was named after, was chasing wild women at night time, another no-no that was later to be added to my list.)
While I still try to refrain from most of the above no-no list, it wasn’t until later in my spiritual maturing process that I came to understand that Christianity wasn’t defined by what I DON’T do, but by what I CHOOSE to do. It is when we choose to love, when we choose to serve others and when we choose to have a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ that we are Christians.
I believe Christianity is at its best when people who go by the name of Christian choose to do things that make a difference in someone’s life. Who knows what simple things we could do today that might have a huge effect on someone’s life. Something as simple as sending a note of encouragement, calling to check on someone, being kind to someone unkind, asking someone how they are doing and allowing them to tell you, visiting a lonely person, buying someone lunch, telling someone you’ve been missing them, or just giving someone a hug.
There is nothing complex or hard about any of those things. They are all such simple things that I call “Simple Christianity.” Such simple things can make a difference in the life of another person, if you slow down enough to do them. Even Jesus talked about simple Christianity when he said, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” How simple is that?!!
Never, ever, underestimate the power of simple Christianity.
Now, don’t just sit there, get out there and DO something simple today!
You are loved,