This section of the book is directed to those of you who would call yourself a “Christian” or “follower of Christ”. I don’t mean all those among the 32% of the world that claims Christianity as their religion24, but only those who have made the decision to “follow Christ”, which in essence, means “serving Christ wholeheartedly”.
There’s actually no difference between the terms “Christian” or “follower of Christ.” However, some people prefer to use the term “follower of Christ” because of the negative perception that many have given to the word “Christian” as defined in Acts 11:26 and Acts 26:28. For simplicity, I will be using the term “Christian”.
As I mentioned in the Preface, even if you don’t call yourself a Christian, I invite you to read this. It may help you make sense of some of the misconceptions out there, and help you understand what Christianity is really about. However (for non-Christians), if you would just prefer to move to Part 3 where I share stories pertaining to my life, please feel free to skip this section.
Those who know me know that I don’t hold anything back when it comes to my passion for serving Christ and going against the flow of human-generated traditions and standards. Please don’t expect any less here. My goal is not to offend anyone, but rather to defend Christ’s calling in our lives, and to wake us out of the sleep that we’re in.
I also want to clarify that this section is by no means a blanket statement referring to all Christians. Nor is it a blanket statement regarding the way that Christians respond to all situations.
In fact, quite the opposite is true. I know many Christians who are living their life for Christ wholeheartedly. I’ve also been blessed to be a part of some amazing churches and communities that are having a huge impact on the world. God is using the imperfect church mightily for His glory. I love the church; my heart absolutely breaks for it.
Therefore, please let this section speak to you in the areas of your life that need attention.
“Everything exposed by the light becomes visible, and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’” (Ephesians 5:13b-14, NIV)
24 Stats provided by the Washington Times; see http://g7.gs/religion