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A deeper meaning to the word 'Christian'

The 2010 Census put the population of the United States at over 308 million people. According to an ABC News poll, "Eighty-three percent of Americans identify themselves as 'Christians'." As reported by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research states, of those who claim to be Christians only about, "40 percent, or roughly 118 million people," said they attended worship on the previous weekend."

The harvest is ripe but the workers are few
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An article in Christianity Today entitled "Statistical Illusion," argues, "that the actual attendance rate is 20.4 percent, about half the Gallup figure." However that number may still be high because as the Hartford Institute states, "the median church in the U.S. has 75 regular participants in worship on Sunday mornings." not the "118 people," attending each church which is what would be needed to maintain a 20.4 percent church attendance rate.

What do all these numbers mean? The answer is simple, the term 'Christian' has become a moniker people wear on their sleeves, but not in the their hearts.

Worse yet the word 'Christian' seems to have become a generic term for anyone who shows some affiliation with a church or says they have a belief in God.but it refers to something more than a person who sits in a pew once or twice a week or who utters the word when referring to themselves. It presumes a person has new a mindset,a heartfelt change built around a new love of God, a love which loves as God loves, a sacrificing love A love which is not shown by saying the words I am a 'Christian' but by a love which is shown by a priority of life for others rather than for self.

In Mark 16:15 Jesus challenged all His disciples to go all over the world, including those places they called home, and declare the Gospel, to all. A 'Christian'as as defined in Matthew 28: 19-20, is to "make disciples" and "baptize" and "teach" everything that the Lord has commanded.

Jesus said in Matthew 9:37, "The harvest fields are plentiful, but the laborers are few." He that all those who called themselves His followers would not actually do the work of harvesting the crop. The deeper meaning to the word 'Christian' is simple, be a doer of the Word and not just a speaker of the Word. Think about the harvest which could be had if everyone in the United States who called themselves 'Christian' would actually get out into the fields and do some work.

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