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Gandhi: If Christians were like Christ, all of India would have Believed

May 18, 2012

This quote by Mohandas Gandhi is the main premise behind this blog. While not intended to be harsh, it is to provide a wake-up call to Christians… to bring them up to a higher level in their walk with Christ… particularly in their treatment of others. Our Father’s goal is to make us like Him (Genesis 1:26-27). We do this when we see His example of God walking in the flesh, Jesus Christ.

When Gandhi was questioned by the missionary E. Stanley Jones why he rejected becoming a follower of Christ he stated,

Oh, I don’t reject Christ. I love Christ. It’s just that so many of you Christians are so unlike Christ. If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today.“[1] (Emphasis mine)

It is sad to think that the Christians lost India because of their immaturity, pride, and divisiveness. These are the issues my book, Accelerated Transformation, seeks to remedy; teaching in greater detail one of the things that this blog strives to help Christians discover, that they need emotional healing if they want to be transformed into Christ’s likeness quickly.

Gandhi’s statement reflected the prayer of Jesus Christ for Christian unity in John 17:21-23. Jesus said if His people loved one another and walked in unity, the world would finally believe in Him. This was a powerful statement for worldwide revival. Seems the answer to world evangelism has been staring us in the face!

It is important to mention that when Jesus prayed this prayer for oneness, it was around the time of the Communion/Passover supper. This fact enhances its significance even more as this ritual (in the Christian tradition) reflects our communion with Him and with one another. It is likely this was why the apostle Paul said when Communion is taken unworthily some get sick and die (I Corinthians 11:30).

There is some debate to his exact meaning here[2] but one can plainly see that divisiveness between believers was one of the problems he was addressing in this chapter. Jesus reflected the same sentiment when he said if you remember that a brother or sister has something against you when offering your gifts, “leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23). With these things in mind, it would be important for Christians to reflect on how they treat their brothers and sisters before they take the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist). Jesus told us in John 17 how much it would it benefit the whole world if they did!

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About Gandhi – Without the nonviolent protests and work of Gandhi, India’s struggle for independence would have taken much longer and it would have resulted in a great deal more blood shed and division.[1] One of Gandhi’s greatest influences in life was Leo Tolstoy, a Christian aesthetic who promoted Christ’s ideas of non-violence in his book entitled, The Kingdom of God is within You.

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1. Samuel, D. (2008). “Mahatma Gandhi and Christianity.” Christian Today. Retreived on May 18, 2012 from http://in.christiantoday.com/articledir/print.htm?id=2837

2. Slick, M. (2012). “What does it mean to take Communion in an unworthy manner?” The Voice of the Martyrs. Retrieved on May 18, 2012 from http://carm.org/questions/about-church/what-does-it-mean-take-communion-unworthy-manner

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  1. July 19, 2013 10:28 pm

    Hello just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.

    I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same results.

    • July 20, 2013 4:34 pm

      Thanks for the heads up. Are you using a smart phone?

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