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HOW DOES ONE KNOW IF THEY ‘MIGHT BE A CHRISTIAN’?


What is ‘mormal’, ‘sane’? To the world, their wisdom is ‘normal’ and ‘sane.’ To the world, true Christians are to them, abnormal, crazy. All of Jesus’ teachings go contrary to what the world calls ‘normal’, or ‘sane’. True Christians are Christ-like.

Therefore, true Christians turn the other cheek, to allow oneself to be smitten again, after an aggressor has struck for the first time.

A true Christian will go a second mile, if someone forced them to carry their baggage the first mile.

A true Christian would wash the feet of those subservient to themselves, to show that they claim to be master of none and servant of all.

 

Jeff Foxworthy has made the "You might be a redneck if..." jokes quite popular. He has taken some ridiculous actions to describe a stereotype group of persons, and made humorous some far-fetched, abnormal behaviors of that supposed group. The abnormality to the norm of society, is what makes these humorous.


For instance,

YOU MIGHT BE A REDNECK, IF...the city comes to mow your lawn, due to ordinance violation, and you find that missing pick up truck, that you reported stolen last year.

Or

YOU MIGHT BE A REDNECK, IF... you stare long at the can of orange juice in the store, because it says ‘Concentrate.’

Or

YOU MIGHT BE A REDNECK, IF... your matching set of salad bowls all say ‘Koolwhip’ on the side.

This kind of joke presents a class of people with behavior outside what society calls the ‘norm’, and is hilarious to even imagine that kind of person.

True Christians are not abnormal in the same way as these ‘rednecks’ that he describes. Yet, true Christians are so far from normal, that their actions are often laughed at, mocked, and even deemed to be insanity by the so called ‘normal’ and ‘sane’ of the world.

If one would make a descriptive list of what a Christian (rather than ‘redneck’) was like, it would be more ‘abnormal’ than that of the ‘redneck’ description.


YOU MIGHT BE A CHRISTIAN IF...

THE WAY YOU SEEK TO BE FIRST, IS TO BE LAST. Yet, Jesus told us, and we, as true Christians, believe Him, that if we are ‘last’, we shall be ‘first.’ So, our way to the top, our way to success and victory, is in seeking to be last.


YOU MIGHT BE A CHRISTIAN IF...

THE WAY YOU SEEK SUCCESS, IS TO SEEK TO BE THE SERVANT OF ALL. The attainment of success is the goal of most, and yet, few in the ‘norm’ of society, seek to be the servant of all. In the normal quest for success, the ‘normal’ seek subservience and obeisance of others, so as to be greater than they are. The true Christian seeks to be as a servant to others, aiding them, helping them, and ignoring a personal greed to things, and subservience of others to themselves.


YOU MIGHT BE A CHRISTIAN IF...

THE WAY YOU SEEK TO ATTAIN, IS TO GIVE YOUR ALL. The true Christian realizes that all these goods of the world are worthless in comparison with the riches of heaven. To attain reward in heaven, by giving up all that we could have called ours here, is far more wise to the Christian’s thinking. Jesus left the glories of heaven, the throne of deity, to be born in a manger, to live 33 years suffering the hardships of human life. The true Christian counts as nought all the riches of the world. What ‘worldly riches’ may come to a true Christian, are not claimed as personal possessions, but are admitted to be in ownership of the Lord, and the true Christian only claims to be a steward of those things for God, their true Owner.


YOU MIGHT BE A CHRISTIAN IF...

THE WAY YOU SEEK TO BE STRONG, IS TO BE WEAK. Many want to be strong and mighty. Yet, a Christian seeks strength too, but seeks it on their knees, humbling themselves before the Lord. They give up the things that the world would assume is strength, and find strength in giving up possessions, fame, power, and ego. They find strength in subservience, humbly admitting their faults and sins, and become willingly submitted to God and man.


YOU MIGHT B A CHRISTIAN IF...

THE WAY TO LIVE IS TO DIE TO SELF. Seeking to live, is all that some make their quest. But to die to self, to deny all human and fleshly desires that are contrary to what the Lord has instructed, is the mindset of the true Christian.


YOU MIGHT BE A CHRISTIAN IF...

YOUR POWER IS MADE PERFECT IN WEAKNESS. Perfection is a goal, and Christians power is also a goal. To seek such goals in seeking to be weak, submissive, gentle, and subservient, is not the ‘norm’ or ‘sanity’ of the world’s normal, but is found in all true Christians.


YOU MIGHT BE A CHRISTIAN IF...

THE WAY YOU GET EVEN WITH YOUR ENEMIES IS TO BLESS, PRAY FOR, AND LOVE THEM. Too many seek vengeance. Vengeance is a ‘norm’ and considered even ‘sane’ if done in measure. Yet, the Christian does not seek to ‘get even’, or to take vengeance. The Christian seeks to love and bless the sinner that wronged them. The soul of the sinner is far more valuable, to seek to rescue it from sin’s grip than for vengeance to give a moment of satisfaction.


A Christian behaves in a crazy manner, according to the standards and norms of the world. What employer would pay last minute workers the same wage as those who worked hard all day? The employer would be considered crazy for such logic and practice, but, it would be very Christ-like.

The Christian church has tried to appear ‘normal’ and ‘sane’. The church has traded ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ for ‘lukewarm’. In that way, the church is trying to ‘appeal’ to the world, be accepted by the world. The goal of the Christian should not be to be accepted by the world, but to be pleasing to God. In reality, the Christian, the true Christian, is to be what God calls ‘normal’ and ‘sane’, not what the world calls those same two standards. A true Christian cannot be ‘normal’ nor ‘sane’ in the eyes of the world.


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