Some Christians Give Christ a Bad Name

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Some Christians are Hypocrites

Why is Jesus Holding Lambs and Sheep?

Have you ever wondered why Jesus is seen in pictures holding lambs and sheep? This is because Jesus is called the Good Shepherd. Christians are considered his flock. Jesus was so devoted to his flock that he would leave the flock if one sheep would wander off. Jesus was so devoted to his flock that he would sacrifice himself for every human.

Science or the Bible?

Science and the Bible are compatible. It is only bad science that does not agree with the Bible.

Sadly, atheists believe you must pick one or the other. When a Christian acts like a hypocrite, then the atheist throws the Bible out altogether.

Atheism is really just a moral issue. The atheist lives a lifestyle that has a conflict with morality in at least one area. To the atheist, it looks much easier to continue in a life of sin, than to surrender it over to Jesus.

It Is No Surprise So Many People Hate Christians

If you live in the Southern U.S., then you may already know that the many people claim to be Christians. Not everyone is a Christian. Some people that claim to be Christians don't even go to church. I've heard many excuses, including believing in Christ, but not believing in "corporate worship."

That is very sad because a Christian that is not in fellowship with other Christians, cannot experience the accountability and guidance as one is being discipled. This principle comes straight from Hebrews 12:24-25:

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

The sad thing about these nominal Christians is that they set a bad example for devoted followers of Christ. People that call themselves Christians, but live like non-believers are a horrible witness, and the atheists watching only confirm their preconceived notion that all Christians are hypocrites.

The only way for Christians to overcome this stereotype is to do something about it. You have to prove the world wrong. After all, the ruler of this world is Satan, and his number one goal is to make Christians ineffective. So many people have already bought into his lie of evolution and that you have to believe either science or the Bible.

Atheists are looking for reasons not to believe the Bible. The easiest reason is to point out that all Christians are just hypocrites, so why should I follow people that don't practice what they preach?

Everyone is Watching You

You May Not Realize That You Are Being Watched

I have heard the quotation: "The only thing keeping me from being a Christian, are the Christians."

That is because many Christians are bad examples, and do not show Christ-like behavior.

There was one guy on my college campus that would walk up to people and say: "Do you love Jesus?" If the person said "No," he would then proceed to give a forceful explanation of why that person needs Jesus.

Now I am an evangelical Christian, but I think witnessing should be conducted in a manner that shows that you respect other people and genuinely care about them. If you don't care about someone else, then you should not be attempting to share the gospel. You will give Christians a bad name.

This same guy said that he wanted to convince other people that they are wrong and he is right. That even included other Christians that did not have the same doctrine as he did, since he was a proponent of speaking in tongues as a love language between man and God. His church teaches that one cannot be baptized in the Spirit until one shows evidence by speaking in tongues. I did not agree with him on this doctrine, and shared with him what the Bible says.

This guy talked to several of atheist friends on my college campus, and came off as arrogant and gave the atheists a bad impression of Christians.

I have since seen him working at Lowe's. This is five years after I have graduated college. He doesn't seem to act like he remembers me, and we did have direct contact in the store. Not even a wink or a nod. Nothing.

I don't know if he has mellowed some since college. In fact, I don't know if he even graduated from college, given that he is working the register at Lowe's.

So there you have it, an over-zealous Christian, apparently not graduating from college.

Does that mean that God wasn't there for him? Not in any way.

Similarly, I had three atheist friends in college that didn't graduate from their first undergraduate school.

What does this prove? It just shows that anyone can hit-and-miss their first time around, no matter what you believe.

You can read more about these atheist friends in my previous Hub: Atheists Losing Their Religion.

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Christians Can't Stop Bad Examples

As hard as it is to hear bad experiences from non-believers that are turned away from Christians, these memories cannot be erased.

Christians can attempt to disciple and share the gospel, but it is impossible to stop nominal Christians or those that simply claim Christ from being bad witnesses.

Even things in history were supposedly done in the name of Christ, that weren't very Christ-like.

So many people bring up the Christian Crusades. They say Christianity is bad because of the Crusades. What am I supposed to say? I'm sorry?

Deaths in history caused by "Christians" are a stumbling block to many.

I can only say that not everyone who claims to be a Christian is acting accordance with the Bible.

The only perfect man was Jesus. He never sinned. He will never let you down.

If you are expecting Christians to be perfect, then that is a tall order. Anyone and everyone in your life could let you down, Christian or not.

God can change your life. Study what Jesus taught. Understand that no man can live perfect like Jesus. Some can do a better job at it, but don't let Christian failures get in the way of a relationship with God.

Perhaps a relevant read would be the book: When Bad Christians Happen to Good People

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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

I agree with you about speaking in tongues. St. Paul said that it is the least of the gifts and even if we are blessed with that gift it seems best used in direct, private, praising communication with God. You write well on important topics.


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I was pondering this hub and it hit me, that we are not all given equal gifts. Everyone is different. I understand Moses mumbled. John was short on patience. And Paul had a thorn in his side. So it sometimes may be that a good Christian is not a good communicator and may be made to look the fool, or recite innapropriately. I shall not scorn such persons but rather from now on, look at them in amazement and wonder what works are to be fulfilled by them. Perhaps likewise the crusades occurred so that we would have the burden to overcome.


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zeke2100 3 years ago Author

Thank you for your insight


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Don't Taze Me Bro 3 years ago from Tazeland Islands

Good write! We must never forget all mankind (save one) is sinful and some of what has been done in the name of Christianity is nothing more than acts of sinful men and it is a serious mistake to label it as having been sanctioned by Christianity (that is assuming Christianity is not being defined as simply another man made religion but being defined as belief in Jesus Christ and following his teachings).


Just some guy 2 years ago

To be honest I don't know were I stand on the religious factor. I accept all religions and I believe in a creator but I'm not exactly a Christian. And I do occasionally pray when it is needed but by christian standards would I still go to Hell?


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zeke2100 2 years ago Author

@Just some guy - no "Christian" should tell you that you are going to Heaven or Hell, because no one has that authority to examine your life. But, you can personally put your life up against the Bible, and see if you have done the following:

1) Have you prayed to God in repentance of your own sins? (Asking God to forgive you, and you have a genuine interest in discontinuing those sins?)

2) Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins?

3) Did you commit your life to God?

Upon that self-examination, you can determine your eternal outcome. If you answered "no" to any of those 3, then does your eternal outcome concern you?

Your righteousness (right standing with God) is between you and God. Heaven is a place of 24/7 worship of God. Do you feel that God should be worshiped, and you want to go to Heaven to worship God?

As long as you are living, you can get right with God, and have eternal life. It's a serious thing to consider, and it sounds like you have some spiritual aspect to your life.


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Hannah David Cini 21 months ago from Nottingham

An interesting article. I tend to think that when Christians make mistakes it is not that bad of a witness, it is when we pretend to be prefect or better than people or act in a hateful way in the name of God that we really mar the name of the church.

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