Much is said today of Born Again Christians. This is said as if we had at least two types of Christians: Born Again and Non-Born again. What other types are there but born again?
Of course, I believe I can argue quite effectively that no Christian becomes born again until the resurrection. That’s a new born experience that thus far only Jesus as experienced, but to brag about being born again, this is I think rather a fundamentalist proclamation.
Thus, converting to Christian as a Born Again Christian takes on a power all its own and is something to be treasured, so we are to believe. Yet, I find all of this silly.
Either a person is a Christian or they are not. I don’t read of any Christian possessing status over another. And while we can argue over what constitutes baptism, how are we going to ‘prove’ this born again claim?
While I realize this post is not going to settle the matter, I at least think we should begin discussion on the matter. It seems to me we as Christians are all in this process, this journey on earth together and should therefore be working hand in hand in performing the Great Commission.
In that sense, as brothers and sisters, no one is greater than the other and there is no separation or real bragging rights that one Christian is saved by one methodology and another differently. Certainly Christians are not separated by mechanisms that grant bragging rights for those who are ‘Born Again.’ I believe that ALL Christians are Born Again or at least in the process of renewal. In actuality, the real bragging should never be on the person, but for all rights, on Christ and Christ alone.
The rest of us as Christians can await for that great day when we are all called home together. And in that day, it matters not what stage of birth we are at—only that our new birth will be received among the angels and within God’s Heavenly Kingdom. And at least on that day, we can clearly say we have all been born again.