What does the perfect Christian look like? Based on your preconceived notions, that person would look different to each individual. Maybe it would look something similar to the image you see in the mirror every morning (without the bed head). The Perfect Christian Here is a basic description of what some might think of the perfect follower of Christ.
The Perfect Christian
- Clean Cut – Shaved and Short Hair if a guy; Long hair if a girl.
- Professional Dresser – Suits on Sunday, dress casual the rest of the week if a guy; Long Dresses in Sunday, coolots the rest of the week if a girl.
- Prays and has a quite time every morning at 6:00am.
- Doesn’t drink alcohol – A teetotaler with a capital ‘T’.
- Doesn’t curse – Not even the mild ones like g*sh or sh*cks.
- Attends three services on Sunday and at least one during the week.
- Can still quote every verse he or she learned in Sunday School.
- Helps old ladies across the street and doesn’t charge a penny.
The Problem with this scenario is that it’s all physical attributes of spirituality and has nothing to do with the true nature of being like Christ. If a person really wanted to look like Christ it would be much different.
Looking Like Jesus
- Having long hair and a beard. Sorry ladies, you’re just going to fall short.
- Wearing a robe with a purple sash. Sorry guys, you’ll have to rock it.
- Walking on water.
- Multiplying bread and fish.
- Healing the sick.
- Hanging with the IRS.
That sounds far less appealing and somewhat impossible. It’s a good thing that being like Christ, and looking like Christ are not the same thing.
Being Like Christ
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:22-26
These are the attributes we should be promoting instead of the physical attributes, but it’s a lot harder to do this than to just make a rule or dress code. However, when we simply emphasize the physical attributes, we neglect to give access to the the source of true change; Jesus Christ. I would wager a guess that one of the leading factors for why the youth are abandoning the church today is because they don’t understand the person of change and they despise the concept of conformity. Just a guess.