What sets the true Christians apart? A lot of things: holy living, truth seeking, humility and thankfulness, love for the brethren, love for the lost, etc... But the attribute that has stood out to me lately is the deep, unfaltering relationship between a disciple of Christ and Jesus.
There's no dependency on man in these relationships. There's no fear of man. There is simply a heart that follows God in both the least and greatest matters of life. Although these people have a beautiful understanding of spiritual authority, and are connected faithfully with a church body, they are also individuals called to be history shakers.
You see the obvious difference in their willingness to serve everywhere they go, their hands set to ministry within and without the church doors. They don't turn off their Christianity when they leave the fellowship on Sunday morning... Instead, they broadcast their love for the Savior in everything they say and do.
The most mind boggling of all my observances has been the way the true Christians are persecuted by, none other than, those who call themselves Christians. You see, Jesus said we would face persecution... who would have thought that, here in America, it would come straight from those who label themselves with His name, but refuse the life change.
You are radical, you are extremist, you are intolerant, you are judgmental..., and you are beloved of the Father. So never allow hypocrites to define who you are in Christ. Continue to stand for righteousness, and one day our God will say to you, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."