Why Do Some ‘Christians’ or Churches Hurt and Offend Others?
Whether you’re a Christian who’s been hurt by another Christian, or a non-believer who has been put off by the hypocrisy of some so-called believers,’ please read on.
In the ‘perfect’ Church, it’s members would be the most inviting, loving, non-judgmental and exact example of our loving Savior Jesus Christ that would make you feel so wanted and loved that you’d never want to leave. Sadly, this scene is far too rare. why? Because Christians, like any other human being you know, live in an imperfect society and an imperfect body with the same fleshly attributes that constitute the human nature.
The Perfect Church
The perfect Church isn’t the physical walled Churches we see around us with our eyes, but it’s the Church Christ sees us as, His body made up of imperfect members, but made perfect in HIS SIGHT. We are not perfect, but rather are made perfect THROUGH CHRIST. He is the perfection we should seek after and should endeavour to imitate as best we can. Ephesians 4:11-16
Christ – Our Role Model
“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” – Jesus (John 13:15)
In the Bible, Christians are encouraged to follow the example of Christ (1 Peter 2:21) and shine our light to the world around us (Matthew 5:16), as His ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20). Far too often, however, some Christians fail to remember who they are in Christ and who they represent. It’s one thing to go to Church on Sunday and be in the company of other like minded believers, but the real testing ground or mission field is ‘your world,’ whether that be your workplace, your school, your neighborhood or a literal world mission field (Mark 16:15).
When we become a Christian we are told to walk in the spirit and display it’s fruits…
the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, self-control: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. Galations 5:22-26
When we face situations where others would explode, cuss, get angry and offend others, we are to display the fruits of the Spirit. Why? Because the world looks at the outside appearance or actions, over mere words, thus the saying: ‘actions speak louder than words.’ By acting Christ-like, even in difficult situations, it is an example or a light shining in the darkness, which makes others look on and say “that guy/girl is different, I want what they have!” If we always acted like everyone else, why would anyone want to be like us anyway?
Remember the famous words of Gandhi?
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi liked Christ, but was put off following Christ because of the attitude of people claiming to follow Christ. It was the actions of these so-called believers that could have caused Gandhi to reject following Christ. We need to realize that our example has an effect on others around us!
Christians need to quit finding and picking faults in others and work out their own salvation (Philippians 2:12).
‘for in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’ (Matthew 7:2)
Instead of judging others, if you call yourself a Christian or a follower of Christ, then you are an ambassador for Him and his nature, which is love, should be shining out through you and I, piercing the darkness.
Love is the core of Christianity, it’s why Christ came and why He died (John 3:16). We could go to Church every Sunday, know every scripture in the Bible and be a pastor of a big Church, but without love the Bible says you are like a clanging symbol.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Why is love so important? It’s because God is love (1 John 4:8) and it’s His love which leads people to repentance and salvation. (Romans 2:4). If we follow Christ and Christ lives in us, His nature, which is love, should shine out of us to all men. It’s this witness that will lead people to Christ, not hypocrisy or judgment.
If, like me, you’ve been hurt by other believers in the past, forgive them as Christ has forgiven you (Matthew 6:15) and if like me you have also ‘fallen short’ in this area before and have been hypocritical and judgmental of others in the past, simply ask the Lord for His forgiveness (1 John 1:9) and start being a more fruitful ambassador shining the light in a dark world that is crying out for love and hope – that is found only in Christ Jesus!
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