I was recently discussing some of my blogging efforts with my mom a few days on a nice casual drive. We always have our best conversations on the road. I was telling her about my post Wrath and Reason and she had some helpful input. In the original post, I stated that God hates sin because it causes a separation to occur between Him and us. Mom added that when a Christian sins, it also gives God a bad name, which is a concept that parents are familiar with. When a child misbehaves it reflects poorly on the parent; likewise, when a Christian behaves in a manner unbecoming his or her faith, it reflects poorly on our Father.
“If your God is so great, why can’t you stop sinning?”
“If God empowers you so much, why can’t He change your attitude?”
“If you’re a Christian, why do you act the same way that everyone else does?”
Hopefully you’ve never encountered these questions, but most of the time, we don’t have to. These go unspoken, but the looks and reactions of unsaved people scream that we are not exemplifying a saved and changed life. I’m not pointing fingers. Many a time I’ve felt the inner shame of knowing that I did not handle a situation in the way my Father desired.
At a recent Life Group at my church, our group leader used some statistics from a book titled Unchristian. An in-depth study conducted by the BARNA Group yeilded some disturbing results, quoted in this text. I can’t recall the specific digits, but in terms of believability and trustworthiness, televangelists ranked lower than lawyers and politicians. I don’t know about you, but to me, that’s a problem. In American media, Christians are almost always portrayed in 1 of 3 ways:
- The Bigot
- The Idiot
- The Recanter
Why? It’s not just the prejudice of an opposing worldview. Something has gone wrong in the way we conduct ourselves. Every professiong Christian should take the time to 1. read the Word and find out what God expects of us, and 2. pray for wisdom, discernment, and an in-tune ear to the Holy Spirit in order to act and react in a Godly way.
Here are a few places to start:
Matthew 22:39, Romans 12:9-21, Galatians 5:22-26, Proverbs 23:12