‘You Call Yourself A Good Christian?’

photo-1461829576572-c5fc8ed06ae9“You call yourself a good Christian?”

Nope. Stop. Stop right there. 
You’re trying to put me in a shame trap? It’s not going to work. (This happened yesterday on Twitter.)
I do not call myself a ‘good Christian’. Honestly, I don’t think I’m qualified to judge that. That’s above my pay grade. I follow Christ, I know his opinion of me, and that is enough for me.
Sure, I’d like to think of myself as a pleasant person to be around. My wife and kids think I do a good job, my friends like me, and my boss at work always gives me good reviews.
I’m also a moral person. I have a sense of right and wrong which is generally aligned with what normal people, not the MSM, would expect of an evangelical Christian. I don’t attack other people who violate my belief system. 
The moment anyone sets themselves up as a ‘good Christian’ anything, they have a target on their back. We have plenty of examples of Christian personalities and politicians who ascended the mountain of moral exampleship and found themselves getting buried in the landslide of moral failure on the other side.
I don’t claim to be perfect. Read my web site. I think I do a pretty decent job of explaining what an imperfect person I am. What a mess! Well, I’ve been a mess before. The reason I’ve been able to write this year, 2016, is that I have the emotional strength to write now. I’ve been pieced back together, and God has healed me enough to the point where I have a coherent backstory and some things to say. Hopefully a little of what I write will be helpful.
I do want my family and friends to be proud of me, and someday I would like it to be said of me, ‘I want to be like Stephen Shores.’ Even if it’s after I pass on. That would be neat.
But I don’t claim any goodness for myself. I don’t claim to be a good Christian. I’m probably pretty bad at it, to be honest! I’m terrible at being perfect, but I think I do a decent job of being honest, and I hope that shows.

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