What the Heck is a “good” Christian?

I’ve known Tommy (not real name) for over a decade, since he was perhaps a freshman in high school. He was heavily involved in his church and our ministry, was a competitive Bible quizzer; and during his college years he often volunteered to serve in various ministry capacities. Tommy at one point was seriously considering trying to join Midland staff full-time.

We had long, interesting discussions; prayed together, served together.

I do not know if Tommy considers me a friend now (though we remain Facebook “friends”)

My blood pressure escalated a couple hours ago when I noticed a writing he posted on Facebook.

This is what he published:

“You can’t say all lives matter and then vote for someone who dismisses black lives. You can’t be pro-life and then vote for someone who is anti-black. You can’t be a good Christian and a Trumpian.”

I started to write a response on his page; but God’s Spirit caused me to pause. I knew and know I could not change his mind; I knew it could just escalate into a long back and forth. I am currently 10 hours from home speaking at a camp; and I travel for another two weeks. Once home I am going to try to have a face-to-face with him

But…his cited writing is, well, idiotic, prideful, and hypocritical (besides, what is a “good Christian?)

“Oh, Jack, you’re being judgmental.”

Well, no. In this case, anyway, I am “judging righteous judgment,” which is what Jesus commands.

Because Tommy, who is married, recently rejoicingly “came out” publicly (on Facebook). with these words:

“When you’re proud of something you let people know about it. On the anniversary of stonewall I want to come out as bisexual and proud of it!”

For a long time he has promoted and applauded the LBGetc agenda and people. And now he has “come out of the closet.”

And he is proclaiming and defining who is a “good” Christian? (Whatever that is)


It is probable this will get back to “Tommy” since I have other facebook friends who are in his camp.

But that’s okay. I still am hopeful to have a face-to-face with him.

And…by the way…I am not a huge Trump fan. Yes, I voted for him; it is probable I will again…though not absolute. I may go third-party. I would not want Trump for a friend. (that should infuriate some of you!)

But no one has the right nor authority to define who is or isn’t a “good” Christian…much less to base such a diagnosis on one’s politics.

End of rant.



Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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