Today we kicked off a quick 2 week series to send us in to the new year called, Things people hate about Christians, there were so many, just kidding, but we narrowed them down to 6, here’s the first 3 we talked about today.
1 – The “quick fix” idea.
This is the idea that going to church and becoming a Christian is the cure all to your problems, when we tell people to go to church and everything will be okay or that God want’s you to have lots of money and smile like Joel Osteen all the time, we are setting them up for failure. In Acts 14:19-23, Paul was stoned and beaten for his faith in Jesus, by the so called Christian leaders of that day nonetheless, but he got back up the next day and did the same thing. Sometimes, the most dangerous place we can be is walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Phil. 1:6 also says “he who began a good work, will be faithful to complete it” it’s a work, a good work, but still work, and it will take a while but God, not us will bring it to completion.
2 – Our Selfishness
2 Timothy 4:3 says “for the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” this is a result of selfishness of man turning the church into something they want instead of what God intended. The church is specifically designed by God to be a place where Christians can be strengthened, but it’s not our country club and it’s not all about what we want. The church is not and should not be designed for the non christian, but it’s an amazing opportunity to share Christ with them. Phil 2:4 says, “each of you should look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others” We all have to push past our selfishness and ask ourselves, “What do Un-churched people think about our church?”
3 – The Rules
Rules matter, but they don’t save, it’s not about how much you give or what you wear or how perfect your family is, but we put on this air that we are perfect and non christians hate it, and so do most Christians. Back in the old testament, one of the reasons the law existed was to show people that it was impossible to live up to in your own strength. Galatians 2:16 says “yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.” If all we focus on is rules, Jesus died in vain, don’t let that happen!
These are just a few things that people, especially those who don’t know Christ yet, hate about Christians, most of it boils down to hypocrisy in our own hearts, but it’s all learning points for us as Christians! Can’t wait for part 2 next week.