15 Ways to Spot a Christian: A Field Guide by Paul
Personally I’m not a huge fan of blog posts that mostly consist of a verse from the Bible. Not that I have anything against the Bible, mind you. I just don’t like seeing a post that consists of two lines of actual writing followed by a massive chunk of text in italics. Yet I can’t begrudge others for making posts like this because sometimes something in the Bible really stands out to a writer. I spent some time trying to come up with a different blog post today but this verse seems to be the fixation of my mind. So I thought I’d paraphrase it for you at least, and put a link to the original at the bottom.
The is a list of instructions on how a Christian should behave, given by the missionary Paul to the Christians of Rome. Rome was the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the known world at the time. For those of us who claim the name of Christ and live among a mostly unbelieving community this list should come in handy. Those who do not believe and wish to spot the illusive “true Christian” in its natural habitat may find the list handy as well.
MARKS OF A TRUE CHRISTIAN:
1. Their love is genuine.
2. They hate evil things and will not let go of good things.
3. The love each other no matter what.
4. They seem to compete to give each other more honor than they recieve.
5. Many specimens have an intense passion for serving their God.
6. They celebrate the good times, are patient in the bad times, and pray all the time.
7. They help everyone with their money and time, even complete strangers.
8. They don’t badmouth anyone, even those who hurt and take advantage of them; instead they treat them like friends!
9. They know how to party when someone celebrates; they also know how to cry with someone in pain.
10. They don’t claim to be better than anyone and they don’t seem to know who the “wrong crowd” to hang out with is.
11. They don’t claim to be wiser than they know they are.
12. When someone hurts them they don’t try to hurt them back.
13. Some are pacifists and some aren’t: but either way they try to live as peaceably as they can.
14. They don’t try to get revenge on anyone: instead they help out their enemies when they’re in need.
15. They never let bad things keep them from being good.