By Harry Middleton
Some years ago, Brother G. F.
Raines wrote about a young Buddhist who had made a very
careful study of the life of our Lord said to a Christian:
“Your Christ is wonderful, oh, so wonderful; but you
Christians, you are not like him.” Could it be that
the Christian was left speechless by the accusation, because
the force of the young Buddhist’s remark lies in the fact
that he almost “hit the nail on the head”?
Christ was a prayerful man (Luke
6:12); but too many “Christians” pray either infrequently or
not at all. If we were like Christ, we would continue
“instant in prayer” (Romans 12:12).
Christ came “to seek and to save
that which was lost” (Luke 19:10); but do we “Christians”
lose any sleep because of the impending fate of the lost?
Christ’s primary concern was his
“Father’s business” (Luke 2:49); but the work of the Lord is
the thing about which many “Christians” are least concerned.
Christ had no place “to lay his
head” (Matthew 8:20); but too many “Christians” are so fond
of luxuries that they will not contribute liberally for the
propagation of God’s will.
Christ fervently prayed that
Christians might be “made perfect in one” (John 17:23; cf.
11:20-22); but too many “Christians” bite, devour and
consume one another.
A certain lady accurately expressed
what real Christianity is when she said: “Christianity is
putting Christ on inside, then letting him show on the
- Harry Middleton serves as one of the ministers for the
Lebanon Road church of Christ in Nashville, TN. Adam Faughn
serves as the pulpit minister for the congregation, and he
may be contacted through the congregation’s website at: