I just learned this week that the Coca Cola Company is being sued for misleading customers to believe the company’s vitaminwater product is healthy. What is interesting about this story is Coca Cola’s defense. They claim that “no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitaminwater was a healthy beverage”. I have no idea what the courts will decide about this case, but it got me to thinking about Christianity. Many people advertise they are a Christian, but then they live in ways that are contradictory to Christianity. This happens so much that when you tell people you are a Christian it does not mean anything to them. They no longer believe the Christian label due to rampant false advertising.
We may not be able to change what many think about the name Christian, but we can give people what we advertise. Don’t wear the name Christ without seeking to live like Christ. Don’t just tell people you are a Christian, but back it up with your actions. James, the brother of Jesus, wrote his letter hoping Christians would live out their faith. He gives us practical advice encouraging us to be the best Christians we can be. He wants us to be genuine. He wants us to be who we say we are. Sadly, we live in a world full of false advertising, but as Christians we are called to be different. Let us not fall into the trap of claiming one thing and being another. Let us each strive to be the real thing!
“For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.” James 2:26