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Guest Pastor, Andres Lavanderos - 6/29/2014

Stop Labeling Things as "Christian"

Today is a big day in the United States as it relates to business requirements under the law. Hobby Lobby's case before the Supreme Court is supposed to be ruled on today. The case has to do with requirements mandated under the Affordable Care Act (or "Obamacare" as some call it) to provide contraception that may abort the life of a child.

Before I go any further, just to be clear, I am pro-life and believe life begins at conception. Therefore, I do not approve of the four medications/devices covered under the ACA that would lead to life termination.

However, this posting is not about the court case or the Supreme Court. That is just the latest news item to bring the subject of this posting to the forefront.

Many in the media, as well as the church, have begun using the word "Christian" as an adjective to define or describe things or businesses. This is not a recent move, but it does seem more pronounced nowadays.

The term was birthed in Antioch and it is debated as to whether it was created by enemies of Christ as a derogatory term for his followers, or was adopted by the believers as an indicator of devotion. In either case, the church eventually adopted the term as a descriptor of those who had surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. Acts 11:26 (ESV)

Over the last few decades, the term "Christian" has become an adjective to describe things that . . . well . . . can't be Christian.

Can a business really be Christian?

What about a T-shirt?

A band?

HobbyLobby_TestamintsCandy (Yeah, I'm talking about those "Testamints" that are sold in "Christian" bookstores?)

Bookstores?

Restaurants?

Chick-fil-A Isn't Going to Heaven

I love eating at Chick-fil-A and more than that, I am a big fan of their business model and leadership focus. I even worked for Chick-fil-A when in high school. Mr. Cathy is a man of conviction and a Christian. He has strong principles and incredible business acumen. I have nothing but respect for him and the Chick-fil-A family. 

However, even though some have called Chick-fil-A a Christian company. . .it is not. Just like Hobby Lobby is not. Neither are Forever 21 or In-N-Out Burger or any other company that gets listed as a Christian one.

Why?

Because businesses do not go to heaven.

Neither do nations, for that matter.

We must speak clearly when referring to what it means to be Christian. Christian is a term that describes and defines an individual who has surrendered his/her life to God through Jesus Christ. 

Simply put - THINGS do not become Christian, regardless how many fish logos you stick on them. Only PEOPLE become Christians.

Those of us who have repented and surrendered to Christ should focus more on living as disciples of His and fulfilling His commission. Therefore, go and make disciples. That means tell other PEOPLE about this hope we have. Don't waste your time telling a T-shirt, sticker, mint, or business about Jesus.

And stop using "Christian" as an adjective for objects.

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