The other day I heard someone talking about the controversy over Indiana’s new religious freedom law. They concluded that the uproar was based on a belief that it was not possible for a majority, in this case Christians, to be discriminated against (and need protection by this law) for the simple fact that they are the majority and therefore always the ones who discriminate against others. This led me to contemplate some things.
Why do so many people believe that Christians are the majority in this country or anywhere? By definition, being the majority would mean that there are more Christians than any other religious group. Correct? Well, let’s look more closely at this. What definition of Christian is being used? The general assumption seems to be that if someone claims to be a “Christian” or generally calls themselves a “Christian”, occasionally attends any kind of church or feels guilty about not attending church, and says they believe the Bible or even just some parts of it, then they are labeled a Christian. Is that what the Bible says? No. Anyone can claim whatever they want. Yeshua (Jesus) said there will be MANY who call Him Lord and do great things in His name but that He does not know them. The Word also says that the gate to eternal life is narrow and FEW find it. That doesn’t sound like a majority, does it?
Go in through the narrow gate; for the gate that leads to destruction is wide and the road broad, and many travel it; but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Beware of the false prophets! They come to you wearing sheep’s clothing, but underneath they are hungry wolves! You will recognize them by their fruit. Can people pick grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Likewise, every healthy tree produces good fruit, but a poor tree produces bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, or a poor tree good fruit. Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire! So you will recognize them by their fruit. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, only those who do what my Father in heaven wants. On that Day, many will say to me, “Lord, Lord! Didn’t we perform many miracles in your name?’ Then I will tell them to their faces, ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’ ~~ Matthew 7: 13-23 (emphasis added)
So, what is the problem here. It lies with the father of lies, the adversary. He has twisted things so much that many people falsely believe they have a “get out of hell free card” but they DON’T! What a tragedy! It’s gotten so bad that the term “Christian” is almost completely meaningless. The enemy often uses terms we embrace, but changes their meanings. That is why you can hear a completely ungodly person using words that sound Biblical. That is one of the reasons I prefer to use the name Yeshua for our savior. First, that is His true name in Hebrew so it would be what He was called while walking on the earth. Second, the English name Jesus has been co-opted by so many false churches and other groups that it doesn’t really refer to the Messiah most of the time it is used.
Let us each examine ourselves carefully to ensure we are in the faith. And, let us share the hard truth with others, in a loving manner. Pray that more eyes, ears and hearts will be opened in these last days! Shalom.