Thursday, February 9, 2012

Truth in Advertising

I recently heard a story about an interesting dry cleaners.

"One-Hour Dry Cleaners" was the name of the place. Preparing for a trip out of town, a man remember that sign. So, he took his suit to "One-Hour Dry Cleaners". As the lady filled out the card he explained that he needed the suit to be ready in an hour. To that she replied that the soonest he could expect to get his suit back was Thursday. Of course, the guy was perplexed by this. She explained that "One-Hour Dry Cleaners" was just the name of the place -- it didn't have anything to do with the speed of service.

"Christian" is the sign many of us wear. That title creates diverse expectations. However, there is a common thread among the divergent interpretations of the term. Everybody expects Christians to be like Jesus in some way.

What is Jesus like? He is holy. What does that mean? At the risk of sounding a bit circular I'll venture to say that it is like Jesus. God is the only one who rightly gives content to the term holy. 

How then can we live up to our name, "Christian"? 

In the Bible we learn about the content of God's character. But we haven't the goodness, generosity, love, faithfulness, gentleness, kindness, patience, justice, joy, self-control, or any of that character that God has on our own.

Christians are holy in the same way that the moon gives light -- by our relationship with the source. Jesus compared us to branches. He said, "I am the true the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me...without me you can do nothing" (John 15:1-5).

It's time for truth in advertising. Be the real deal. Be holy by cultivating an intimate connection with the holy Christ.