Larry Norman on Being a Christian

“We each have some problem that we have been unable to solve. Maybe it’s fear; maybe it’s anger… insecurity… jealousy.

“God knows what we’re like, and he loves us just the same. But the way the Church has established its message, many of us think to be a Christian we must be good. We must always be very good. So many people say ‘I cannot be a Christian, because I cannot be this good. I cannot be as good as the Church wants me to be. So I must give up trying, because I will never be the right kind of person… I will never become the perfect Christian.’

“And yet they believe in God. They believe in Jesus, that he is God’s son. They believe that he died on the cross for our sins, and that he rose from the dead, so that we can also rise from the dead. They believe everything. They are a Christian. But they are afraid to try.

“We must not be afraid of God. Maybe we must consider the communication problems with one another, between us and perhaps the Church. And they will say Larry’s hair is long, or he’s drinking water out of a bottle like it was some alcohol…

“Maybe the Church… and I shouldn’t say the Church, because we are the Church. It’s not the buildings, it’s not the priests… it’s us. And the priest, if he’s a Christian. It’s everyone that believes in God that’s the Church. We are the saints. We don’t need to pray to any saint Peter. We are the saints.

“And saint Peter, he’s asleep, waiting for the resurrection. When I die, I shall sleep and wait for Christ to come back and resurrect me. I know he can resurrect me, because he resurrected himself.

“This is our hope in God—that God loves us, that Jesus is coming again, and that God will look at us with love and mercy, and not with a list of all of our failures.

“So please don’t be afraid of God. Open up your heart to God. You’ll never be a perfect Christian. Even the priests can never be perfect.”

Larry Norman, speaking during the Omega Europa concert.