Sunset - Larnaca

Sunset - Larnaca

Saturday, 9 May 2015

I am not a Christian. I aim to be one.

This rather moving and thought-provoking statement, proclaimed by the well known Bishop Nikolaos of Greece, of course is not to be taken literally. It does however highlight a very important message.

St John Climacus writes ῾χριστιανός ἐστι μίμημα Χριστοῦ κατά τό δυνατόν ἀνθρώποις..,' meaning that a Christian is a manifestation, and an example of Christ Himself, in this world ( as far as it is humanly possible). This is our aim, our end - not our starting point. Of course we are Christians, if baptised into the body of Christ, in the name of the Holy Trinity - however this statement highlights that we (or at least I) am unworthy of the title, as all Christians should be a true image and manifestation of our Lord. Christians should live solely for Him, and be a beacon of His light, through our every choice, deed and word. Therefore, the Metropolitan Nikolaos (who said this in a recent interview) means that the life in Christ is a constant struggle - with the goal being in communion with God, having complete faith and trust in Him,  bearing and sharing His boundless love to those around us. This is who a Christian should be; our very goal.

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