What A Small Price to Pay

   What does it mean to you to be a Christian?  When you hear someone say they’re a “Christian,” what does that actually mean?  Does it mean they attend a church on a regular basis?  Does it mean they grew up in a Christian family and believe in God?  Does it mean they once prayed a “sinner’s prayer” — perhaps as a child at summer camp?  I ask these things because when people tell me they’re a “Christian,” I have to wonder, because “being a Christian” doesn’t seem to mean what it used to mean.
   These days, it’s hard to tell Christians from unbelievers.  Most show no signs of being any different from the world.  There are many who claim the name of Christ, but in doing so, I believe they’re actually taking the Lord’s name in vain, because they have no fruit to show as proof of their conversion.  Even many true Christ-followers may worship the Lord in private but are unwilling to bear witness of their salvation in public, for fear they’ll be looked upon as strange, different or a “fanatic.”  Jesus said if we’re ashamed of Him to those around us, He will be ashamed of us to His Father.  
   There are also those who really believe they’re saved; they really believe they& ...

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