Christians Hurting Christianity?
Actions Speak Louder then Words
I continue to encounter people who have a bad taste in their mouth from Christianity. They view Christians as hypocrites and highly judgmental. Although I can't deny this completely, I don't believe this is the manner that a majority of Christians behave.
Christians, at their core, strive to be Godly. Or at least they should strive to live in that manner. They want the light of Christ to shine through them and that be represented in their voice and actions. So, why is it that so many people are turned off when they find out you are a Christian?
There are several theories that I have to answer that question, but the main one I will discuss here is the actions taken by believers and those claiming to be believers. It is often that the loudest members of each group are sometimes the least fit to represent that particular group.
Let's take Fred Phelps, leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, for example. His deeds and actions are far from Christlike, yet he flies a banner of Christianity. His group continues to receive attention for their crusade against homosexuality. His group quotes the Bible regarding the wrongs homosexuality, yet ignores what the Bible says about love and judgment.
To many, this is their exposure to Christianity. However, Phelps and company represent their own twisted agenda and not God's. Christians should strive to have their actions and words represent the will of God. Many more people will open their hearts and minds to the Christian beliefs if those who truly represent Christianity shine brighter then those who don't but claim to.
What the Bible Says
Colossians 3:17 says, And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Although the Bible is clear in how it views homosexuality, the verse above speaks on how Christians should behave in their treatment of others. We all are sinners, and God doesn't have a ranking system in regards to what sin is worse. Christians are not on earth to decide the eternal fate of others. They are here to show how God has touched their lives and represent the teachings as stated in the Bible.
As Christians, I hope that we can turn around a somewhat negative view nonbelievers have about us. You can't always convinve others to believe how you believe, but you can show others that your beliefs aren't hateful, judgmental or corrupt.