I go to a wonderful school with so many beautiful people. Its name is Hope and it’s tagged a Christian school. But it’s also a scary place.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” ~Matthew 7:21
Not everyone who claims to be a Christian actually is and I think that’s pretty evident when we think of “Christians” who have tainted the name for the rest of the world. They profess they have faith but their actions do not line up with the Scripture. They spread hatred and intolerance for people different than themselves.
Don’t get me wrong, we all screw up and no one is a perfect Christian, but beware of those who don’t actively walk with the Lord daily.
When you have opportunities to attend chapel three times a week, church on Sunday, and Bible studies, it’s so easy to pretend. And that’s scary. We have to be discerning and examine not the outward actions of our peers–anyone can do that–but what is truly at the core of their heart. God? How they appear to others?
As my dad says, look for their fruit. That will tell you a great deal about their true identity.
As for my friends who are non-believers, I have to be honest with you. Chances are you have run into “Christians” throughout your life who are not actually representative of Christ and what they claim to believe. Don’t just take their word for it. Maybe even ask them about their faith.
Believers, please examine your faith and ensure that you are on the right track. How is your relationship with God? Does something need to change? Are you missing something?
It can be difficult, especially in a setting like a Christian school, to pick out the genuine believers. But keep a watchful mind and use God and his Word as your guide.