The Christian Noob (n00b)

born & raised Catholic, now going to a Presbyterian church & still learning

church as a social club & the Christian poser

in response to http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/22680

A church — regardless of the religious background — can be seen as a social club where different peoples can share their personal and unique as well as common “journey of faith” (an expression commonly used by Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston from FAPC; http://www.fapc.org/). Therefore the individuals who go to a specific church building or who are part of a specific congregation and/or religious group practice a common religious and/or denominational background and traditions hence knowing what to do and expect in such environment.

In comparison to a social club, a church building should house individuals both searching for God’s grace and trying to emulate God helping those in need. The problem comes when individuals act like Christians in church, but continue being everything but in their daily lives. Going to church and/or posing as a Christian for others to contemplate and/or simply bragging to be a Christian doesn’t make a given individual a Christian.

I can’t say that I’m not in the latter category. I’ve fallen in it many times and continuously ask myself if I’m a real Christian or a mere poser. Maybe I’m just excessively curious about human behavior and how it’s affected by religious beliefs (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Krishna, Buddhism, etc). Am I poser?

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