In 1966, The Monkees made famous a song entitled “I’m a believer.” The song is a typical shallow, yet catchy love ballad.
Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer
Not a trace, of doubt in my mind
I’m in love, I’m a believer
I couldn’t leave her if I tried
Christianity, for many Evangelicals, is about being a believer. Granted, we don’t all claim to believe in love at first sight as this song suggests; instead, we believe in a host of truths. We believe that the Bible is inspired and authoritative. We believe that the scriptures speak to the human condition and are relevant today. Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God. We believe that His atoning death and resurrection reconcile us to God and to one another. These are core beliefs. Moreover, these beliefs are important. My convictions are important to me, as yours are to you.
Beliefs, however important, are not everything. I suggest that Christianity is not about the theological correctness of our belief system. I wholeheartedly doubt that Christ will deny me, or anyone else, access to Eternity because we misinterpreted 1st Thessalonians 4. It’s a good thing, too. God knows that misinterpretation is one of my spiritual gifts. Ha!
Instead, Christianity is about the ripe old calling of Jesus who says, “Follow me!” (Matthew 4:19) While calling followers, Jesus did not require an A+ on a theology exam to become a disciple. His challenge was not about believing the right things or understanding deep theological issues. His challenge has always been about adopting a new way of living. Christianity is a lifestyle, not merely a system of beliefs. I hope that you are a believer in Christ, and that you affirm the core tenants of Christianity. I also hope that you remember to adopt Christianity a part of your lifestyle, and not just a set of thoughts and beliefs.