This week we went through part 2 of Things people hate about Christians where we covered more common attitudes that many Christians put forth and why people don’t like them. Here is what we talked about.
1. Hypocrisy – Hypocrisy is defined as a feigning to be what one is not or believe what one does not. Also can be defined as a false assumption or appearance of true religion. Like it or not, everyone in some sense of the word is a hypocrite, if you just said to yourself “I’m not” you’re the worst kind, because you are fooling yourself with your own hypocrisy, why are we like this? Becuase we are all sinners, saved by grace, our job is not to be a judge, God has not appointed us to judge others except those we are accountable for and in leadership. Jesus had very strong words for religious leaders in His day in Matthew chapter 23. My prayer is that through God’s strength, not my own that He will convict me of Hypocrisy so I can take steps toward Holiness and Sanctification, so that I can be more like Him, not waste my time judging others.
2. Being Judgemental – Barna statistics say 9 out of 10 people think Christians are judgmental, this goes back to hypocrisy, it’s easier to look at people and point a finger, that way we don’t have to deal with our own flaws, if someone offends you, go to them and let them know, don’t be a coward and tell everyone but the person who has offended you and judge them b/c of your offense. John 8:1-11 Jesus didn’t judge the woman caught in adultery, but He also didn’t ignore her sin, he said
“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”11“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Our job is to love and give truth, not to Judge.
3. The Hope we have – This is the idea and attitude that Christians have that everything is always fine and dandy and that we have an impenetrable Hope that means we smile all the time, more or less this breaks down to being fake with people, not opening up and revealing that we are real people and have real worries, but showing others that we take them to God and he will bear our burdens. Read the Psalms, they are full of both rejoicing and mourning, face it, life is life, and if we put on the facade that following Jesus is happy go lucky all the time, we are setting others who are contemplating following Christ for failure.
If the devil isn’t bothering you, guess what, you’re probably not bothering him either.