Misconceptions of Being a Christian
#1 Christians are perfect.
One of the biggest misconceptions about being a Christian is that we believe that we are perfect. We do everything right and we condemn everyone else for doing wrong. With a critical eye, people stand by watching and waiting in anticipation for the so-called Christian to mess up, so that they can utter, “See, look at that hypocrite! That just goes to show you that they aren’t so perfect after all.”
Well, for some years in my life, I basically felt the same way. But guess what? I wasn’t a Christian at that time. You see, I was living a life that was pleasing and acceptable to me without very little regard to what was right or wrong for that matter. It was about me and having the liberty to live my life as I pleased. Yet, in the back of my mind, I always carried the remnants of my childhood that taught me what was right but I had deviated from those instilled values. So, when I looked at others who were living differently - in a good way, it made me feel very self-conscious about my own life. I wouldn’t admit or allow myself to embrace their good because I had too much pride. So instead, I held on to my not-so-good and used the line “they aren’t perfect either” as an excuse to keep doing what I was doing. It deceivingly made me feel better about myself.
Now that I am a Christian, my perspective and understanding has totally changed. I have come to know that being a Christian doesn’t mean that you’re perfect. Truth be told, it’s the complete opposite – you’re not perfect but forgiven for your imperfections. A hospital isn’t a place for people that are well. It’s a place for people who are sick and in need of a skilled physician. In comparison, the church isn’t a place (as many may believe) for perfect- well people who don’t do anything wrong. It’s a place for imperfect-sick people who’ve done a lot of wrong (and may continue to do so) but come together to celebrate and experience the forgiveness of the only One who is perfect and able to make us completely healed and well -Jesus Christ.
Now, let me also say that being forgiven should not be an excuse to continue doing things that are wrong and not pleasing to God. When you know better, you should do better. (Okay, I’ll write more on this later.) Though imperfect, we are called to live a transformed life that highly resembles the life of Christ whom we follow. Jesus sacrificed his life so that we may have eternal life. So, out of love and gratitude, we strive to give Him our very best in the manner by which we live.
From now on, dismiss the thinking of “Christians believe they are perfect”. Admittedly, some Christians may give you that false perception but it’s simply not true. As we mature, we should strive to be more like Christ but as long as we are on this earth – perfection is not possible. When we truly understand this Christian life, we can know and appreciate that it’s not based on perfection but forgiveness.