Chapter Two: What is Christianity?
Let me tell you from the beginning that Christianity is probably not what you think it is. It is probably much bigger, for one thing. Christianity is not just something you do on Sunday, it is not just one part of your life, another category to be fit in somewhere with work, friends, family, and entertainment. I am not a father, a husband, a co-worker, and a Christian. I am first, fundamentally, and all-inclusively a Christian. That is my identity, that is what defines me. I am no longer my own, and the life I live is no longer my own life: it is Christ who lives in me, and that makes me what I am, in every part of my life1. So then, I am not a Christian and a father, I am fundamentally a Christian father. I am not a Christian and a husband, I am fundamentally a Christian husband. I am a Christian co-worker, a Christian friend, a Christian while I work, eat, sleep, and play, a Christian who enjoys all the good gifts of God Christianly and acknowledges his glory in providing them all the while.