All That’s Required is to Believe
Too often I see the Church, the religious, or myself attempt to use “the law” as the measure by which someone can be considered a Christian. No matter what we think we know the Bible says Romans 3:22 is pretty clear. The ONLY measure of a Christian is that they believe in Christ as their savior, and put their faith in that truth. As Christ followers are we called to something more, yes! If we fail to follow God’s calling and His plan are we no longer saved, NO. The truth is how we live our lives has little to do with whether we are saved but more to do with our impact for the Kingdom of Heaven and our reward once we are there.
I fail in remembering this often. It’s too easy to see how someone is living, or listen to how they are talking, and think “they must not be a Christian”. The Bible is pretty clear about judgement, and we cannot presume to fully understand someone’s heart. It’s important to remember that every Christ follower’s life is going to look different. Again, this doesn’t mean that living a life that honors God in all we do is not better, but it isn’t the thing that ultimately means whether you are saved or not.
I think we all need to remember that the greatest commandment is to love God and love others.