Christ wasn’t his last name

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When people ask me if I’m a Christian, I typically look at them with that look that hopefully conveys the essence of, “Well, if you want the full answer, you and I are going to have to sit down for a big cup of coffee together. I’m talking a Venti. Not that Grande nonsense.

Here’s how I’m a Christian…

First, we have to realize that Christ wasn’t the dude’s last name. People see the word Christianity, and think it’s the same as if I were starting a religion called Ellisonism (which would be awesome, btw, but I need Tom Cruise’s endorsement).

Christ is the word that describes the consciousness that Jesus carried. It’s a state of Grace, Love, and connection to Source that Jesus awakened within himself and was trying to awaken in others as well.

His example showed that living the path of the Christ Consciousness is not an easy one. That living this way usually means going against the conventional order of the day. It means embracing life and uniting our divinity with our humanity to make for a better world in the here-and-now.

Christ wasn’t Jesus’ last name. It’s the name for the state of consciousness he brought to the world and tried to foster in others.

This doesn’t mean being pious and rooted in ego-righteousness like some ‘religious folks’ seem to display. It means getting in the mud and grime with people. It means taking care of the sick so they can remember that they’re divinely pure and whole. It means hanging out with the marginalized and outcast to bring solidarity to our human condition.

And that, my friends, is never easy.

But it’s divine if we can find the strength to do it.


Jonas Ellison is a spiritual writer, teacher, practitioner, and an interfaith minister-in-training. He helps people deepen their lives through applied spirituality while documenting his journey along the way.

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