I come from a background of textiles. Yes, Gaston County, North Carolina was my hometown area, and our bread and butter were textiles. I didn’t know anything else for 18 years. My dad and mom worked in it all their lives. It was nothing for me to see my dad covered in lint from the top of his head to the tops of his shoes. The fragrant smell of cloth, yarn, cotton and material dye permeated our clothes, our house and our town.
Even now, I find myself buying a new garment and putting it up to my nose to get a nostalgic smell and memory of my childhood days. I know that someone has just used the label to sell me a cheap product.
I overheard a conversation recently with some pastors and one pastor’s comment was that he makes sure that they are “Christians” before he marries them. I interjected into the conversation. I explained how that it is a sad commentary, as there are non-Christians who have better marriages than Christians a lot of the time.
Just because someone wears the label “Christian” it doesn’t always mean what we think it means. However, many choose to use that label to be accepted by others, to gain favor in business relationships or even to gain a position or favor swinging the pendulum to their side.
When folks wear the label and don’t measure up to the standards of what Christ meant–it sadly devalues the entire family of believers. So what do we do about it? We continue to show others what it means to be 100% Christian and not a blend of good and evil. Even Jesus said that there would be tares among the wheat. Tares look like wheat until maturation at harvest time. The wheat bows over with the golden top. However, the tares stand upright and proud.
Interesting that wheat bows while tares pridefully do not. Yes, there are people who look like, smell like, act like and even wear the label of Christian that live among us. In actuality, they are just not Christians. Jesus said at harvest time, he would take care of them.
Remember, it might say it on the label, but it doesn’t mean it is the read deal.
That’s what I think about it.