The term “Christian” assumes behaving like Christ, who revealed Godliness. Jesus insisted that everything He taught came from His Father. Jesus showed an aspect of Godliness to humanity. Humans cannot go directly to God, without Jesus. A true Christian behaves like Jesus. Otherwise, there would be a misrepresentation.
So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” (John 8:28-29 NIV).
In direct conjecture, Jesus assured His disciples that they were not alone. When on earth, Jesus portrayed every aspect of Godliness. Therefore, He made it abundantly clear that a Christian carries the attributes of Godliness.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” (John 14:16-21 NIV).
Five pivots, can be a barometer, helping believers to assess their conduct, whether meeting Christian standards or not. True Christians cannot be assessed by common behaviours of the environment. Their approval is only as their minds display Jesus’s behaviour. There is no room for uncertainty, when confidently aware of being at one with God.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matthew 7:21-23 NIV).
Among those to inherit God’s Kingdom, cowards are not included. If a Christian, but unable to confront evil, because of fear, one may as well not call Himself a Christian. The overwhelming intimidation from those wielding arms of war has caused many Christians to succumb to fear.
“Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Revelation 21:7-8 NIV).
In Zimbabwe, many people have died defending their convictions. Yet we have many, calling themselves Christians, who have been heard ridiculing those having died in that manner. They assume that those dying for their convictions are not wise. The common view is that there is wisdom in succumbing to the whims of murderers. What does Jesus say?
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28 NIV).
When unable to stand up for the truth, fearing for your life, don’t call yourself a Christian. Among those destroyed in hell, the cowards are mentioned first (Revelations 21:8). The Israelites who perished in the wilderness, displayed cowardice (Numbers 14).