“Christians” Who Don’t Follow Christ Aren’t Christians

“Christians” Who Don’t Follow Christ Aren’t Christians July 7, 2019

To be Christian— to believe in Jesus —means trying to be like Jesus, right?

According to Merriam-Webster:

Christian noun Chris·​tian | \ ˈkris-chən , ˈkrish-\ Definition of Christian 1a : one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ.

By the most basic definition, a Christian follows Christ.
Robert Jeffress, pastor of the 13,000-member First Baptist Dallas, recently criticized the Democratic Party as looking to an “imaginary God.” 

A confidant of President Trump, Jeffress and others on the Christian Radical Right have asserted that Trump, a man with no understanding of Jesus whatsoever, is a Christian, while Democrats quoting scripture and affirming faith in Christ, are not.

In a blinding level of projection, the Dallas-based charlatan said, “when you talk about righteousness and unrighteousness, it is becoming clearer and clearer that the Democrat Party has truly become a godless party.”

To be clear, Jeffress and everyone he spoke to at the Faith & Freedom Coalition meeting, and other “evangelical christian” leaders around Trump, support:

  • Separating refugee children from their parents.
  • Discrimination on the basis of religion.
  • Discrimination on the basis of gender.
  • Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
  • Discrimination on the basis of race.
  • Cutting food, health, and economic development programs for poor people.
  • Caging children for days without access to hygiene products or adequate food, bedding, toys or educational materials.
  • Tax cuts that benefit the wealthy and corporations and hurt poor and working families.
  • Lower standards for environmental protection, food safety, and health care.
  • Support of brutal dictators around the world.
What they oppose:
    • Abortion.
    • Democrats.

Let me make it plain.

“Christians” who support Trump policies are not Christian.

The Radical Right’s claim on Christianity is false. They are rejecting Christ – choosing to NOT do what scripture says. The “Jesus” worshiped by Trump supporters isn’t Jesus. People who support broken families and caged children aren’t Christians. They aren’t even misguided or duped by politics. They are failing the most basic teaching of Jesus.

They follow a god they’ve made in their own image — selfish, bigoted, racist, American, angry and judgmental. They may not always be all of these, all the time, but guaranteed they and their god are always at least one of these.

They may do “Christian” things, like go to church, quote scripture, and even donate to the poor. Quoting scripture doesn’t make them Christian.

Churches are filled with people who claim to be Christian, and clearly are not — by their actions, deeds, or words, they show themselves to be living a life that doesn’t follow Jesus.

They are ant-Christ.

Christians make mistakes and bad choices, everyone does.

Being a Christian isn’t easy.

Following the teaching of Jesus is difficult sometimes, but Christianity involves following Jesus.

If you can’t respond with a minimum standard of basic human decency to American policy that intentionally creates horrific tragedy, you’re not following the teaching of Jesus.

For decades in the United States, for hundreds of years since the Reformation, people have seen that the Jesus in the Bible is different than the “Jesus” the leaders worship.

They leave the churches and leave the hypocrites because they can look in the Bible and see a different Jesus.

Jesus tells us to not respond to evil with evil. To turn the other cheek. To love our enemies. In fact, Jesus tells us to love everyone. (John 15:12)

The message of Jesus is love and abundance.

Jesus tells us to help children and widows.

Christians are called to forgive and to help those in need.

The message of Jesus is grace and forgiveness.

Jesus tells us there’s a better way to be.

Thanks be to God.

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  • Clifford Ishii

    First to be a Christian, one must believe that Jesus is God, that he came to earth to save man from sin, that he died and rose again on the third day. That is the message of the Gospel, not the socialism that is preached by the left disguised as helping the poor and the migrants.

  • Jim Meisner Jr.

    Your definition is man-made, and certainly NOT the words of Jesus. Speaking of ‘socialism,” the Book of Acts will be simply shocking to you, wait until you learn how they lived.

    Also, you’re going to be really surprised when you learn how many times Jesus tells us to help the poor and the strangers.

  • Matthew Funke

    one must believe that Jesus is God

    Doesn’t that, you know, imply that when Jesus Himself spoke about how we should treat the poor and migrants, He was worth a listen?

    What does it mean to claim to be a follower of Christ and disregard what He had to say, even if one has a checklist of some of His actions?

  • ashpenaz

    I don’t think the Bible teaches that Jesus came to earth to save man from sin. I think He came to earth to destroy sin. I don’t think the Cross is a legal transaction which changes God from being angry with us to being nice to us. I think the Cross is the place where sin, disease, and death are destroyed once and for all, and we all now live in a new universe. In this new universe, we’re asked to be kind to people and treat everyone the way we would want to be treated.

  • Kate Johnson

    God is love, period. Anything that isn’t love, doesn’t come from God. The rest is just our self centered, tribalism mascaraing as “Christianity”. You can tell a tree by it’s fruit. If it isn’t fruit of the spirit of the spirit, it’s’ the flesh.

  • James Elliott

    I’m interested when people start defining what one has to do to be Christian. Depending on the background that may range from going forward on an altar call and say a particular prayer, to the way one is baptized, to affirming doctrinal statements. Jesus, towards the end of his earthly ministry, described (and he was not using parables or analogies) that there would come a time when nations of people would be gathered before him. Jesus said there would be those who would be surprised that they would be invited into God’s Kingdom…not because they could give the right answer to doctrinal questions, or because of their ritual actions, but because, “I was hungry, and you fed me…i was a stranger, and you took me in…whatever you did to the least of these…you did to me.”

    Yes, i know that we are asked to intentionally follow in Christ’s way. But i think that’s about our participating in God’s Kingdom in the here-and-now. Even then, it is God bringing forth what God wants in us. It may fall harder on those like Robert Jeffress, because of the unwillingness to be embraced by God’s redeeming love that rejects the darkness of fear and hate, which comes from following Christ.