A soldier was brought before Alexander the Great for improper behaviour as a soldier in his army. Alexander asked the soldier, “What is your name?” To which the soldier replied “Alexander, Sir.” Alexander the Great repeated the question and received the same answer. This happened a third time, and a very annoyed and irritated Alexander the Great pointed his finger at the soldier and said “Either you change your behaviour or you change your name!”
In recent times, we have encountered many “Christians” behaving in ungodly ways. I have seen brothers, sitting on church councils while cheating on their spouses, sharing a bed with another woman. I have seen families broken up, men and woman calling themselves “Christian” filling the hallways of divorce courts while abortion clinics are filled with teenagers, as young as twelve who
are exercising their right to choose, at the cost of their unborn children. I have seen children, good “Christian” children fall into lust and sin. South Africa, and many other countries worldwide are known to be “Christian” countries, yet we see unprecedented violence, murder and corruption.
Today I wish to say to those continuing a life of sin while calling themselves Christian: “Either you change your behaviour or you change your name!”
This is what the Word of God says. These things are not of God and should not form part of “Christian” behaviour: “Illicit sex, perversion, promiscuity, idolatry, drug use, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, angry outbursts, selfish ambition, conflict, factions, envy, drunkenness, wild partying, and similar things. (Galatians 5:19-21 God's Word translation)
But what does form part of Christian behavioural patterns? What is it that we should do? Once again we turn to scripture, we turn to Galatians 5:22 -23 that says: “But the spiritual nature produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and
Yes, in Christ we are saved, delivered and healed. But, we are also taught to follow the example of Christ, to walk in His light, to do the things He did and act the way He acted.
Let us rather not be called “Christian” by name while living in shame. Let us rather not be called “Christian” while we are still trapped in the flesh, the things of the earth or in sin. Let us change our behaviour or change our name.
“Lord, forgive me for I have sinned. Set me free from sin and let my life continue to be a testimony of your saving power. Help me, to behave in a Godly manner and not destroy the image of Christ – I pray in Jesus name. Amen”