Does being born to a family that identifies itself as Christian make you a Christian? Does initiation into a Christian faith community, as with baptism, define you as a Christian? What if you just were born in the USA and felt you were Christian? Does that define you as a Christian?
What I want to know is, who gets to decide who is defined as Christian? Who gave those deciders the authority to make that decision? To help us make some sense of this, have a look at a blog by Jazimomo regarding religious polling. Did this help you out? When all those 88% answered the question and said; “yes, I am Christian,” the majority did not feel that regular attendance at a formal Church service was a requirement of being Christian. It seems that going to a Church service is optional, but you can still define yourself as a Christian. Perhaps in the future Christians will redefine what a Church service is. With the internet, Church service can be expanded to include a video on You Tube?In this way regular attendance might increase in the future?
Perhaps you feel like the Consider Jesus bloggers, and focus more on actions rather than social identification. This way you can use Christian scripture to define who is Christian? Was this helpful in understanding what defines a person as Christian? I have the feeling those folks who don’t go to a Church service regularly have sparse knowledge of Christian scriptures, but still feel that they are Christian.
What if all that mattered was that you wanted to tell others that you are Christian. You defined yourself as Christian. You gave yourself the authority. Would that be acceptable? Why not?