By Caleb Hong, Spiritual Life Division Head

What does it mean to be a Christian? Or even simpler, what is a Christian? We could even ask, then, “what is Christianity?” But that would be altogether too abstract and prevent us from personally exploring Christ. Simply put, a Christian is someone who trusts Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ) as their lord and savior. It is the easiest of all religions because all one has to do is “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31). There are no rules concerning what to eat or how to eat or what to do. Yet it is also the hardest of all religions because of two things: first, your salvation and life are not your own and are not under your control, and second, love always. How hard can it be to love?

Here’s a challenge: go and be nice to your sibling or whoever the biggest jerk in your life is for an entire day. Try even an hour. I’m not talking about being polite, but genuinely being kind to them and LOVING them for who they are. Forgive them for everything that they have ever done to you. I bet the world that you fail. We are all jerks; no one is perfect (Romans 3:23). Yet Yeshua Messiah still loved us and died for us, despite the people we are (Romans 5:8). And if we’re honest with ourselves, we are terrible people. Deny it all we want, we are not perfect. Understand that Christ loved us for who we are. And we are Christians because Christ loved us first. So what does it mean to be a Christian? It means to love because we have been loved.