What is a Christian? Sounds like a simple question, but talk to ten different people and you might get as many answers. It used to be that people thought they were Christians simply because they were born in America. Others will tell you you are a Christian if you believe in God, get baptized, go to church, or live by the Golden Rule. Many others would insist that you are not a true Christian unless you have made a decision for Christ, accepted Christ, or invited Jesus into your heart. In my video series What is a Christian I have observed that in modern culture the word “Christian” can mean just about anything and for that reason means nothing. In contrast to our inclusive view of what it means to be a Christian the early church was very exclusive, and if you did not meet the non-negotiable criteria of a credible profession of faith, you were denied access to the fellowship of believers.
Today while I was waiting in the Minit-Lube lobby for my oil change I picked up the March issue of Redbook sitting on the chair next to me. In the letters-to-the-editor were several responses to a piece in the previous month’s edition on swinging, better known as wife-swapping. The first letter expressed outrage, but the second was more positive in tone.
We recently started swinging, and it has done wonders for our sex life. It works because we’re a team: We do everything together, from emails to playdates. Swinging isn’t for everyone, and it isn’t a fix for a problem relationship–you have to be really secure to handle “sharing”–but I’m so glad we made this choice. Oh, and surprise: We’re a Christian household!
ELIZABETH J., San Jose, CA
Two immediate questions. First, just what does the word “Christian” mean to Elizabeth and her husband? Second, why go to the trouble to mention one’s claim to be a Christian in such a letter? Then on reflection I thought of a few more questions. When Elizabeth and her husband finish copulating with the other couple, do they witness to them in an attempt to lead them to Christ? Do they invite them to church the morning after? Do they pray before the sex, asking the Lord’s blessing? Or perhaps they conduct a nude Bible study afterwards. Scripture does tell us not to hide our lamp under the bed, and Elizabeth and her husband are putting it all right out on the bed with nothing concealed. Now that’s Christian transparency for you. I’ve heard of friendship evangelism, but this is ridiculous.
Hey Liz, didn’t you know fornicators will not inherit the kingdom of God?