Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. -2 Corinthians 5:17
Being born into a Christian family and being raised going to church all the time I have met a lot of Christians in my life. There is one big thing that I have noticed in all those years, many Christians are what I call Chino’s. So what’s a Chino you ask? A Chino is “Christian” who is a Christian on the surface only not deep down in the heart. In other words a Chino is a “Christian In Name Only.” These people are like a Mina bird, they repeat only what they have learned in their head. The word of God has not penetrated into their heart. If you ask them if they are a Christian they would right away say yes but their actions and words don’t show it. These people did not allow the Holy Spirit to transform their lives, to really change them from the inside out. Their faith is informational and has not been transformational.
Part of your faith as a Christian depends on the work that you put into it. What I mean by ‘work’ is what Paul referred to by saying “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling… For it is God who works in you…” (Philippians 2:12-14) Work is also reading the Word of God and spending time with Him often. This is something that has to be done daily much like practicing a musical instrument. If you stop or slow down, you lose what you have learned. You would be surprised how many Chinos take the Bible for granted and don’t really read or study it for themselves. They feel that the Bible gets read in church on Sunday so should be enough. What they don’t realize is that their faith is personal and it will only grow in direct proportion to the amount of time they spend in prayer and study of His Word.
Another way to spot a Chino would be through how they live their daily lives. Is the fruit of the Spirit evident in how they live? Is it genuine or is it just an act? Do they lovingly and willingly help and love their neighbors? Or just when they can profit from it? If you ask a Chino if they are a “good person” I’m sure that they will say “yes”; but don’t be fooled, for even non-believers can be “good people.” No they need to be so filled with the Holy Spirit that is just overflows in all aspects of their life. For most Chinos when life throws a trial at them they tend to either walk away or at the very least turn to themselves or the world for help. Again a Chino is just on the surface, a true believer in Christ has been changed from the inside. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation…” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Now take a good long look at yourself in the mirror. Are you able to honestly say that you are not a Chino? Because I know that in a lot of areas of my life I would still qualify as a Chino. –E.C.