What I really need is to get clear about what I must do, not what I must know, except insofar as knowledge must precede every act. What matters is to find my purpose, to see what it really is that God wills that I shall do; the crucial thing is to find a truth that is truth for me, to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die.
—  Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813–55)

I think I realized why the terms “Christianly” “Godly” etc and phrases such as “What’s the Christian thing to do?” “Show christian grace” “Christianly, I thought………” (All of which are my Mother’s favorite terms to describe the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life) rub me the wrong way! 

Now, I’m not saying she’s a heathen or a heretic or anything, or that any one else is. But it just grates on me. My usual reaction is to immitate her with a thick scottish accent. I don’t know why. Maybe my subconsciuos is trying to communicate how I think those terms are archaic and self-proclaiming rubbish. 

Even the term Christian is a bit strange to me..limiting? not quite sure, but I’m definitely okay with using that title. I am a Christian. Christianity is my religion. But Jesus is where my faith is. 

“Christian” focusus on “I” and “me”. A christian is what you “are” or “become” after being convicted of your need for Christ and accepting His forgiveness and reality. So when you say “christianly…” “from a christian perspective…” “I don’t think that was a wise Christian choice…” “christian grace….” etc it’s putting the emphasis on YOU. It gives a high status to the Christian. You’re talking about youself, not Jesus. 

What I would rather see/hear, is people worshipping Jesus. Pouring out the love and wisdom of Jesus in situations, and not needing to think outloud what a “Christian should do”. Isn’t it natural, we just love people, in proportion to our faith and our openness to the Holy Spirit?. “Christianly” - should be, “When I look at Jesus, I see no………I see……….and I should immitate that, I WANT to immiate that; it’s just natural”. Instead of “is that a godly decison?” perhaps we should really be thinking or saying; Am I loving Jesus and others best by this decison? Of course you are not Godly- not even close, that’s why we need a God. 

I wonder if this sounds ridiculous to you. But it’s a personal struggle as I come to accept my parents faith with seems to based on the self; rather than on the Great I Am who is ever present, ever loving and ever gracious- the most perfect role model of all.