By Pastor Jenna Couch, Zion Lutheran Church, Jubilee

What does being a Christian mean to you?

I recently read a poem a friend of mine posted on Facebook that caught my attention. Because I’m not sure of the copyright of it or its author, I’m not going to copy it word for word here. I will, however, paraphrase the gist of it.

In identifying as a Christian, we are not necessarily saying that we are perfect, or live perfectly holy and righteous lives. We try our best but sin is always present, causing us to stumble and mess up. When identifying as a Christian, we are not saying that we never feel pain, nor are we bragging of success. We are simply admitting that we cannot do this on our own; and we trust in God’s active presence in this world and our lives, to guide us, be our strength, forgive our sins, work in our failures and bless us with grace and mercy through our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The poem highlights the many assumptions that people may make about those who claim to be Christian, because, let’s face it; sometimes Christian public figures don’t always give us the best reputation. What we see and hear on the news from some Christian figures doesn’t always represent all Christian thinking. Nevertheless; it seems that the word “Christian” is almost considered a dirty word for some because it represents a state of hypocrisy, judgment, and closed-mindedness. As a Christian myself, that is not how I want to be represented!

Instead, I pray that God works in and through me to be a living symbol of God’s love and grace to my neighbor in this world.  I know it won’t always be easy, but I know that Christ leads and guides me in and through it all; reminding me of what he did on the cross for US! Thanks be to God for that!