“Good Christian” is an oxymoron
You can not be good. There is only one who is “good” –the Father. Don’t believe me, the bible says so. Look up Mark 10:18.
Doing “good” things is, I think, what many folks regard as what a Christian is supposed to do. For many folks the distance between their head and their heart is miles apart.
I was one of you for decades. No MORE! I believed like many of you that being a Christian meant doing good things for people, volunteering at church, reading the bible, praying, trying not to sin, helping the poor and disadvantaged, watching my language, being kind to people, forgive those who hurt you or mistreat you, admit when you are wrong, don’t lie or cheat, always tell the truth.
All those are good things to do. Christians ought to be familiar with doing them all. But I’ve known and observed non-believers who do some of these same things. So there can be “Good” Non-Believers too.
But there’s a problem whether “Good” Christians or “Good” Non-Believers do these thing.”
All these things originate in the head–a country mile from the heart. The chief motivation for most people who call themselves Christians and do these things is to make themselves feel better about themselves. For instance when they’re kind to someone they give themselves a gratuitous pat on the back.
But Jesus is all about the heart. Ironically all these things can be done from the heart too. But our hearts need a Jesus transformation. Our hearts must belong to Jesus. We must be totally surrendered to Him. Because Jesus must be the one to do all these things. We must allow Jesus’s love into our hearts and allow His love to flow out to others as we love others.
Jesus taught us the way we are to love and live out our lives. Not as “Good” Christians but as lovers of God and lovers of others.
Jesus was asked this very question by a Pharisee who was considered to be “an expert in the law” (Matthew 22:34–36). Jesus answered by saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37–40).