It feels like it’s been only a week since I reviewed Stuff and Nonsense by Gordon Bailey as I took part in Regular Rumination’s blog-along : Read More/Blog More Poetry: A Monthly Event!

This month, I’ll like to blog about a poem I’ve grown to love so much because it sums up beautifully what I will say to anyone who wants to know what it means to be a Christian.

 When I say I am a Christian

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”
I’m whispering, “I get lost!
That’s why I chose this way” 

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak with human pride
I’m confessing that I stumble –
needing God to be my guide 

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong
I’m professing that I’m weak
and pray for strength to carry on 

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success
I’m admitting that I’ve failed
and cannot ever pay the debt 

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t think I know it all
I submit to my confusion
asking humbly to be taught 

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible
but God believes I’m worth it 

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache
which is why I seek His name 

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I do not wish to judge
I have no authority
I only know I’m loved

When someone says, “I am a Christian”, the person is often misconstrued as  saying, “I am better than you” or “I am perfect”.

This is not true of Christianity.

A Christian is neither perfect nor better than anyone else. A Christian is saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (New International Version)

A Christian believes that Jesus Christ died on the cross for humanity’s sins so that those who have faith in him will be saved [from eternal condemnation] and have eternal life.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (‘the world’ means humanity in this context)

John 3:16-18 (New International Version)

I believe in Jesus’ death on the cross and his resurrection on the third day to save every single person, including me, and I have accepted him as my Lord and Saviour. This means I am born again (John 3:3)

I believe the Holy Bible is God’s message to us and I believe every word written in it is true because God does not lie (Titus 1:2).

I believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

I am a believer in Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible…  that is why I say…