Seems like I’ve been writing a lot this month about how to know if we are Christians. That made me remember this song, which speaks about the primary way Christians are to be distinguished — love. It was written in 1966 by Peter Scholtes, who was a Catholic priest in Chicago. He needed a song suitable for use with a series of interracial and ecumenical events in which his youth choir was to sing. It’s based on John 13:25:
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”
“Evidently, in order to be a manifestation of Christ, we must in some way be like Him. He is a Christian, who follows Christ, who measures all things by the standard of His approbation, who would not willingly say a word which he would not like to have Christ hear, nor do an act which he would not like to have Christ see. He is a Christian who tries to be the kind of neighbor Christ would be, and the kind of citizen Christ would be, and who asks himself in all the alternatives of his business life, and his social life, and his personal life, what would the Master do in this case? The best Christian is he who most reminds the people with whom he lives of the Lord Jesus Christ. He who never reminds anybody of the Lord Jesus Christ is not a Christian at all.”
After reading this quote, what do you think (be honest)? Do you remind anybody of Christ? Are you truly a Christian?
“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” Romans 13:14
For more on the marks of a Christian see these posts: