What I Mean When I Say “I’m a Christian”

I came across this wonderful poem sent to me by a friend and written by Maya Angelou. I think it provides a nice reminder that when we claim to be a “Christian,” it does not mean we are claiming to be superior to others or to have attained some kind of perfection, but rather that we are forgiven and now instead of trying to lead ourselves, we allow Christ to lead us.

Christians – By Maya Angelou

When I say… “I am a Christian” – I’m not shouting “I’m clean livin’.”
I’m whispering “I was lost, now I’m found and forgiven.”

When I say… “I am a Christian” – I don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say… “I am a Christian” – I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I’m weak, and need His strength to carry on.

When I say… “I am a Christian” – I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say… “I am a Christian” – I’m not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible, but, God believes I am worth it.

When I say… “I am a Christian” – I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say… “I am a Christian” – I’m not holier than thou,
I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow


Author: David Wallace

David Wallace is a search & social media marketer who lives in Anthem Arizona with his lovely wife. Interests & hobbies include all things Disney, roller coasters, musicianship and Christianity. Follow +David Wallace on Google + as well as Twitter.

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