Shootin’ Straight Part 2-What is Christianity?

by Kevin on June 8, 2010

This is part 2 of a 5 part series where we take a look at Christian cowboy living without any fancy talk or sugar coating. If you missed part 1, you can find it by clicking here.

What is all this Christianity stuff about?

When most people first look at Christianity, they see things like the 10 commandments, evangelistic preachers on TV asking for your donation for some great foreign mission, and a lot of do’s and don’ts. As humans, we tend to make Christianity about religion and stuff instead of what it’s really about.

Imagine if you will, a ranch owner who has everything. There is nothing on earth or in heaven that he doesn’t have or cannot obtain. What could possibly make someone happy that can have anything with just a thought? Money isn’t an issue because he needs none. There are no boundaries to his property and he reigns forever as God over his ranch. What would make this person truly happy? What is the one thing that could bring joy to this perfection?

Of course we are talking about God. He is the ranch owner. There is nothing that he cannot have if he wants it. So what is the one thing that could bring joy and happiness to the very spirit of God who Lords over everything? His joy comes from giving it all away. His happiness is in the fact that everything he has was given to his only Son. And that is what it is all about!

Jesus Christ is what Christianity is all about. Without him, there is nothing. The Old Testament spoke of his coming and the New Testament tells of his awesome message of forgiveness of sins, happiness, peace, and eternal life.

Christianity is not a religion or a lifestyle choice. Christianity is not a set of rules and regulations that you must follow to receive eternal life. Christianity is not a behavior modification program. Christianity is not a Sunday morning ritual. So if Christianity isn’t about all of these things, what is it about?

Christianity is a person. God gave all his power and authority and everything in between to his Son. Christianity is ONLY Christ Jesus. Jesus said, “If you knew me, you would know my Father.”

Everything points directly at God’s Son. If you know Jesus, then you know God and the Holy Spirit because they are one. Often times, we lose sight of this and start worrying about other things. Christians are taught to have things like love, patience, kindness, fruitfulness, joy, peace, trust, and faith. But it is impossible for us to have these things on our own. We strive and try our butts off to try to live with these qualities, but we fail miserably because we don’t understand what these things are. Let’s look at that same list from a different perspective:

  • love is not an emotion, it’s a person. Love is Jesus Christ
  • patience is not a virtue, it’s a person. Patience is Jesus Christ
  • kindness is not an act, it’s a person. Kindness is Jesus Christ
  • fruitfulness is not a great quality, it’s a person. Fruitfulness is Jesus Christ
  • joy isn’t being happy, it’s a person. Joy is Jesus Christ
  • peace isn’t a dream, it’s a person. Peace is Jesus Christ
  • trust isn’t a belief, it’s a person. Trust is Jesus Christ
  • faith isn’t a Christian quality, it’s a person. Faith is Jesus Christ

Anytime you see these things, do not think of them as something you have to work towards. They are all available because Jesus is available to anyone that calls him Lord and believes in Him.

Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” It’s not a mistake that all of these were capitalized. They are not words, they are simply Jesus.

If you have thought, heard, been taught, or believed that Christianity is about anything else, then it was wrong. Do not listen to anyone or anything that isn’t the Truth.

When we can finally wrap our feeble minds around this Truth, then we can begin to Understand what This is All About.

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  • Kevin, I was preaching Sunday from 1 John 5:11-12. “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

    Here is one way I explained it: Kathy and I were married over 25 years ago in Colorado Springs. On that day I forgot to bring something very important to the ceremony, the marriage license. So we did not get it signed ‘til the next day. Even though we had take the vows and wore each other’s rings Kathy’s dad almost didn’t let me take her with me. Thank God it all worked out okay.

    Somewhere in our records we have a copy of that Marriage certificate, although I have not able to find it for the last few years (is there a trend here?). But we have more proof than a piece of paper that we are married, that proof is found in our relationship. Many Christians doubt their salvation because all they have is a record. “I was baptized on this day;” or “I joined the church on this day.” But they don’t have a close personal relationship with Jesus that they live out every day. So they have no assurance.

    I know for sure that I am married because I have a record at the El Paso County courthouse. However, if the only thing your marriage consists of is a certificate, you have a pretty miserable marriage.

    The relationship gives life to the record. “He who has the Son has life.”

    Sorry, such a long comment. –Richard

    • Kevin

      Great illustration!!!

  • Loved this phrase from your post: Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” It’s not a mistake that all of these were capitalized. They are not words, they are simply Jesus.–What a great reminder for me today, my friend!

  • Hi Kevin,
    I went to Richard’s post first as you suggested and then came here. Did you two plan the salvation message to post at the same time? Great minds? Interesting how you each presented the message according to your own personalities and experiences. Nicely done.

    • Kevin

      I love it when God lays the same message on different people’s hearts. Don’t you?

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