Too many of us. To many of us, Christians are defined by our citizenship…by our political affiliation…by our career…by our hobbies…by our denomination…by geography…by our income or lack of income…by our popularity…by our social graces…by the amount of influence we wield…by what we stand against…by almost anything other than what we as Christians are supposed to be identified as.

As Christians, our identity is to be that of a sinner, saved only through the redeeming blood of Christ. Someone who through this perfect sacrifice now inherits eternal life of unfathomable joy and peace in a kingdom that does not end. Through this gift that costs us nothing (but requires us to lay everything down at the feet of Christ at the same time), we have been made clean and adopted by the King of Kings, Lord of Lords…ADOPTED not born into but selected, chosen, called forth, and brought into this kingdom as children of and heirs to this King not because of us but in spite of our many sins and the sins we commit to cover those sins.

But we are still here on earth…living among and even enjoying all that is corrupt and antichrist, giving it a pass because “Jesus knows my heart”…yes, Jesus knows our hearts…often we do not know our own hearts because our own intentions and desires would lead us far from Him. Make no mistake, like selfish children who think we are wise, we still war against going HIS way, amazingly, in and through all of this He still calls us his child.

As a Christian, my life is not my own and the purpose I may have had before is not the focus or goal of any life I lived before. My life is now a quest to show people the love and mercy of Christ even when we radically disagree. As a Christian, we are literally the property of Jesus but because he is a King that is the singular root of all love, He doesn’t use tricks, manipulation, gotchas, or half truth’s to entice us to pick up our cross and follow him, He simply says follow me…and we are to go.

It has been several years ago now that a publishing company republished a devotional called What Would Jesus Do, like the NIV student bible, and nearly all other translations and repackaging of bibles, books, and songs, it was market-driven. In plan language, taking an owned asset and marketing a central theme from it. to drive revenue…think Prayer of Jabez meets Left Behind, and any music by Keith Green. that you have seen on the shelves of wherever you purchase the stuff you buy. ANYWAY…with regards to WWJD, we wrote songs, sang those songs, wore all the commercial jesus junk they could manufacture like hats, t-shirts, and tons of rubber-stamped throwaway bracelets that asked WWJD…What Would Jesus Do? The marketing program surrounding it was supposed to be a reminder for the one wearing it and a question for those who saw it to consider if their actions, attitudes, and words would match that of the one we say we serve. Now, more than a decade later, I am asking myself and my Christian brothers and sisters that question for FREE…What Would Jesus Do in the world we live in right now?

I am asking each of us who profess to be a Christian to see the world from where we are and ask ourselves What Would Jesus Do? Are we willing to do that?

We are one in the Spirit
We are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit
We are one in the Lord
And we pray that all unity
May one day be restored

And they’ll know we are Christians
By our love, By our love
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians
By our love

We will walk with each other
We will walk hand in hand
We will walk with each other
We will walk hand in hand
And together we’ll spread the news
That God is in our land

And they’ll know we are Christians
By our love, By our love
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians
By our love