You Might Be a Christian If… – by Emily Akin, Union City, Tennessee
“You might be a redneck if—you have spent more on your pickup truck than on your education.” Redneck jokes, the
brainchild of entertainer Jeff Foxworthy, always make me laugh. Maybe it is because the jokes remind me of someone I know. When I hear “you might be a redneck if,” I immediately evaluate my behavior. The mere fact that I get the joke means that I might be a redneck.
Suppose we apply this approach to the Christian life? You might be a Christian if:
- You take your singing act to the nursing home instead of “American Idol.”
- You launder and repair clothing donations for the local mission store before donating them.
- Your latest tailgate party consisted of serving Crockpot stew out of the back of your van to ice storm victims.
- You spend Sunday afternoon visiting the jail with your church group instead of watching the game.
- You feel guilty about buying generic brands for charity while buying brand names for yourself.
- You go on a mission trip instead of taking a spring break (cruise, road trip).
- You get cash at the ATM to give the homeless person you just
passed on the street.
- You forego buying a new coat so you can buy coats for the local Coats for Kids drive.
- You buy pastries from the missions bake sale although you are a diabetic.
- Your yard sale proceeds go to charity instead of enhancing your own cash flow.
- You regularly make extra soup or casserole for folks on the church shut-in list.
- You always drop some cash in the red kettle when you encounter those Salvation Army folks ringing their bells on the street.
- You get your exercise doing service projects at church (senior center, community club) rather than at the health club.
- You collect magazines, devotional materials, and Bibles for the prison ministry.
- You drive around neighborhoods where the power is out inviting people to come home with you.
- Your weekly party time is your delivery run for Meals on Wheels.
- Your doorbell rings often because you end your conversations with “y’all come” (or end your text messages with “YC”).
Christians can model their faith more effectively with actions rather than words. When people see you in action, do they think you might be a Christian?