Is it the one who feeds the hungry, visits the prisoner and clothes the naked the “real” Christian – just like it says in Matthew 25? Or is it the person who believes in their heart and speaks with their mouth that they believe in Jesus the one who is a real Christian -as it is written in Romans 10?
Is it the Christian who believes all must speak in tongues in order to be saved? Or is it the Christian who understands tongues as speaking in a variety of languages and doesn’t have a special prayer language?
Is it the one who is Baptist? Or an Episcopalian? Or Catholic? Or non-denominational? Or doesn’t attend church at all?
What about those who believe that the world is 6,000 years old? And what about those who believe that the universe was created in a “Big Bang” process and humans evolved from animals? Is the Bible literally true or was the Bible written in certain contexts and metaphorical in certain parts? Which of these beliefs is needed to be a “real” Christian?
Is it the person who gets in the faces of those marching in a pride parade to angrily tell them they need to repent? Is it the ones marching in the Pride parade telling everyone that God loves them just as they are? Is it the pastor who performed a wedding for two men or the pastor who preaches that marriage is only between a man and woman?
Is it the woman who became ordained a few years back or the man who thinks that women shouldn’t speak in church? Are the “real” Christians protesting and speaking out for the life of the fetus outside of the abortion clinic? Are the “real” Christians the ones standing at the doors of the clinic, being a loving presence to the women walking inside?
Are the “real” Christians the ones who pray to God in front of the the multi-story cross on the side of the highway? Or are they the ones who pray to God when they enter a grocery store wondering how to spend their money on food for the hungry?
Would the Christian who believes that Jesus died for their sins or lived to save them be more “right” with God?
Is it the Christian who believes that God has no idea what the future holds or the Christian who knows that God has a plan and that everything happens for a reason?
Do the “real” Christians come from the Democrats… or the Republicans… or the Independents? Is it the watcher of Fox News or the listener of NPR?
So tell me… who is the “real” Christian? Which one will be existing with God on that side of Heaven instead of burning in Hell?
Who do you think will be with you in Heaven? Will it be the ones who think and act like you?
Or could it be all of us?