Quote of the Day: Many Say They Are Christians

Point a gun at each of the 60 million people who, according to Mr. Gallup’s poll, are born-again Christians. Tell them to renounce Christ or have their heads blown off, and then take a recount. I think George, like Gideon, would find his troops dwindling. Actually, the price probably wouldn’t have to be so extreme today. Threatening to confiscate their TV sets might just produce the same results. When faith is cheap, it is easily pawned.

–John Fischer, “When Christianity Pays,” Contemporary Christian Magazine (Dec. 1985), 46 – as quoted in The NIV Application Commentary by Craig Keener

I believe this is part of the reason why we shouldn’t be looking to every pageant winner or American Idol contestant or professional athlete who says they’re a Christian to be the next great spokesperson for Christ. They very well may be, but we shouldn’t so easily look for heroes just because they’re in the spotlight and (mis)quote Philippians 4:13.

Luke 14:26-28 KJV
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

Matthew 7:21 KJV
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

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