Pastor Matthew Best
2 min readApr 27, 2021

This past Sunday, part of our lectionary readings came from 1 John 3:16–18 -

“We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us-and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.”

Christianity isn’t solely about a declaration that you are a Christian, or saying some kind of prescribed “sinners” prayer, or getting into arguments showing how right you are in your belief about any members of the Trinity.

There is too large of a segment of Christianity that seems more interested in saying they are Christian, rather than in being Christian, which really means being Christ-like.

Christianity was called “The Way” early on. The focus what on how faith was lived out, not on the label.

It seems just too easy to adopt the label of Christian these days all the while living in opposition to what it means to be Christ-like.

In this Sunday’s lectionary, we’ll hear more from 1 John. Chapter 4, verses 20–21 read this way: “Those who say, ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.”



Pastor Matthew Best

My name is Matthew Best. I’m an ELCA (Lutheran) pastor who attempts to translate church and churchy stuff into everyday language.