Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

can you prove you are a christian?

4/24/12

 

It is interesting to note how certain Christian organizations require that their employees be Christians. Implied in that requirement is the ability to prove one's Christianity. The Bible rarely uses the word Christian, so why is that even the term we associate with those who adhere to Jesus?

How do you prove to their satisfaction that you are indeed a true Christian? It is possible to derive some insight into how these employers view that proof by looking at their policy statements, employment applications, and advertisements. Some request that job applicants submit a recommendation from a pastor. Others ask detailed questions about how and when you became a Christian, where you go to church, and how long you have been affiliated there. Some require that applicants be willing to sign or otherwise confirm a statement of beliefs to demonstrate their commitment to Christianity.

From the questions and requirements noted above, we can see how many religious people judge Christianity. Apparently true Christianity can be assessed by knowing the right methodology for becoming a Christian. What was done to earn the right to proclaim oneself as Christian and therefore a rightful applicant for one of these employment positions? Many may cringe at the idea that their Christianity is earned in any way, but a required performance on their part to become a Christian implies an achievement, more assuredly so when that performance becomes the basis for employment.

Next, we note that church affiliation is a supposed sign of Christianity. Thus we see that an endorsement by a recognized church leader is an element of proof. Maybe the church pastor can confirm that the salvation process was proper and correctly followed. Perhaps he can corroborate the applicants piety and faithfulness to the church.

It would likely be much more revealing if the applicants were asked to provide a reference from a neighbor or co-worker rather than their fellow church members. We are all familiar with the religious posturing which the church invites and encourages. We most likely know that fact as  much from our own posturing as that of others.

If we would divorce the definition of a Christian from the church entirely, what new definition of Christ follower would we have to apply? Would that definition then still involve an instantaneous conversion process as taught by evangelical Christians? Would we perhaps find it necessary to seek new evidence for our adherence to Christ in the day to day interactions with our fellowmen, in how well we embrace the ethical instructions of Jesus?

In reality, making one's God relationship something that must be proven to other men as valid is a debasement of the very nature of that relationship. Other men can never know or experience what another knows and experiences. The proposed attempts to humanly police another's relationship is basically an affront to all that Jesus represents in freeing mankind from the tyranny of religious institutions.