What does a Christian look like? How should they act? How should they sound? As John taught, rebuked and baptized, the people flocked to him, wondering, “Could this be the Christ?” But as they listened, their hearts were touched. The asked him, “What should we do then?” (Luke 3:10) As the world around us becomes more and more evil, perverse and profane, believers need to be asking the same question.
Luke tells us several of John’s responses to the question. “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.” (vs 11) So, we need to help those in need. To the tax collectors he said, “Don’t collect more than you are required to.” (vs 13) So, we should not cheat in business or overcharge customers. To the soldiers he said, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.” (vs 14)
The apostle Paul gives us many indications about how those who call themselves Christians should act. In Romans 12:1-2 he says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” We need to give ourselves fully over to God. My dad used to have a poster that I didn’t fully understand as a kid, but I liked it. As an adult, it now makes perfect sense. It showed and little man being stuffed into a globe shaped mold, and read, “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its mold.” (Romans 12:2 Phillips)
We are constantly being bombarded with propaganda telling us that what God calls sin is really okay and we are being intolerant if we call it sin. The world is trying to squeeze us into its mold. And many “believers” are being fooled and pulled and pushed and squeezed into believing the world is right.
“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” (Ephesians 4:29 NLT) Do the words coming out of your mouth reflect that you are a Christian or do you sound just like everyone else with foul words popping out every few words? I hear people dropping the “f-bomb” every few words and it reminds me of the criticism people used to have of the cartoon “The Smurfs”. Instead of using the proper words, they would use “smurfy” or “smurfing” and the like. That is the way people are using foul language now, even people who claim to be Christians.
But God’s Word is still the standard. Sin is still sin. Hell is still hell and is a real place “where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:42 NIV)
Jesus said, “I am THE Way, THE Truth, and THE Life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 Berean, emphasis added) “There is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we MUST be saved.” (Acts 4:12 NIV, emphasis added) Jesus is the only way and we need to live in such a way as to point a searching lost world to Him. If we look and sound no different than all those around us, we are not doing that.
“What should we do then?” Act like Jesus would act. Have compassion on those in need. Point the way to Him!