One of the most common objections to Christianity is that Christians are evil hypocrites, and I have to admit that especially if you include all people who say that they are Christians (even if they are not) that even by human standards they are right. One only has to look at the news and see what has been happening to some little boys in some churches that this objection does have some merit. The Bible itself says that ALL PEOPLE fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 when they say that Christians are, or at least can be evil they are doing nothing more than confessing that at least part of Christianity is true.
It breaks my heart whenever I hear of Christians that have done things that are evil even by human standards, but no belief system should be judged by the random people who say that they follow it, there are atheist like Joseph Stalin who was responsible for the deaths of a seemingly countless number of people and atheist who are basically good. Buddhist that literally would not kill a fly, and Buddist who have committed murder. Pagans that are passivist, and Pagans who have committed human sacrifice. All belief systems have one thing in common; they all are followed by fallible humans. We should not judge those belief systems by random followers of the belief system, we should judge them by the foundational beliefs of that system, and the people who follow that belief system the best. In the case of Christianity, that person is Jesus Christ. Who is so good, that many belief systems have tried to turn him into a follower of their belief system. He encouraged people to be kind even to their enemies. Don’t judge Christianity by the so-called Christians who have committed beastly behavior, judge it by the behavior of Christ.
Many unchurched people have trouble understanding Christians. We are, for example often accused of being hypocrites, but that is a lot like telling an alcoholic, that they are not one, because they attend AA. If we were perfect, we would not need to go to church.
While we are supposed to be getting better, we do fall off the wagon. There are people who have been sober for twenty years, that suddenly find themselves staring at an advertisement for their favorite poison. Christians can fall prey to their past sins as well, especially if they are facing tough situations in their own life.
We both have to admit to not being perfect
Christians and Alcoholics both ask a higher power to help us.
We both have to admit to being powerless against our sins.
We both need a person who is more mature in the organization who is willing to come pick us up and put us in the passenger seat when we are weak.
We both have many sins or mistakes that we have to admit to, and atone for if possible.
While not everyone has knowledge of a decent church, most of us have TVs and have seen characters on TV struggle with alcohol and attend AA meetings. So this general knowledge may help you explain it to others the next time someone calls Christians hypocrites.
Romans 2:21-24 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”
I would like to clarify first that I am not perfect myself, but I am striving to get better.
It saddens me to no end when I hear Christians breaking God’s law, and using cheap grace to excuse their sins! What is worse is that we represent Christ, when we are rude, judge hypocritically in front of of non-Christians we become part of the reason that they curse God. There was a preacher not to long ago that was really harsh on homosexuals, yes homosexuality is a sin, but so are a lot of things you probably did before you became saved, and some sins you are probably still committing from time to time. So when we judge we have to remember that we are not perfect either, and we are judging a creation of God. Kindness is still called for. But what made it worse was this guy was paying another guy for sex. Now imagine being one of the people that this man judged finding out that he was a practicing homosexual as well!
There will be people blaspheming God no matter what, they will be doing it in Hell a million years from now, but lets do our best to make sure that they are not blaspheming because of us.
How Now Shall We Live? by Charles W. Colson , Nancy Pearcey and, Harold Fickett
Christianity is more then just an acknowledgement that Christ exist, it is more then a relationship with Christ.
It is a worldview that answers the fundamental questions of life that guide how we live. This is an awesome book, that was a little long for some it is well worth the read!