Intro: So.. a few days ago I was up late, for no reason besides just thinking and jotting down notes - I have those days where I'm just lost in quiet thought. That day, it came to me to start this series. Between the things that I remember that made me run far from "die hard" Christians before I came to Christ, and things which I talk to Christian and non-Christian friends alike about, there seems to be a few "pet peeves" which I've heard over again. There's a few perceptions of all, or some of us which keep people from becoming Christians, cause people to be cautious of Christians, or make people avoid the topic of Christianity altogether - and I thought it would be interesting to delve into them! So far, I've come up with a list of 5, and will blog about them one at a time. I ABSOLUTELY welcome comments and feedback, whether you agree with my stance on it or not, or if you just want to share that you relate to the topic. Its all encouraging and I think would make for great conversation - and hopefully more understanding for everyone who reads the post. That said, you can click and view the 1st post about "The Christian with A Vendetta Against Everyone Else". And I welcome you to post number 2!
"How can you tell me I need to change up my lifestyle when I saw you in the club right along with me?" Logical argument right? I hear SO many people who either refuse to give Christ a chance, or who fell off from their Christian lifestyle because of what someone else did. People justify continuing their die hard club lifestyle because you saw "church boy" in the club 3 months ago too, so "he's just fake" and you may as well be real. Or the pastor was caught sleeping with the choir girl, so now there's no point in attending that church.....or any other church for that matter. Maybe the deacon was caught stealing money, so now you never want to pay your tithes. We've all heard of this before, and we tend to focus on the person who did the wrong, and how they "should have known better" or "its their fault for turning people away from Christ' --- Is it really that simple?
My Opinion: I know that one huge struggle that I - and I'm sure many other Christians deal with is their own imperfection. And I'm not exactly even talking only about "OMG I just accidentally stepped on your foot " imperfection. The fact of the matter is that we are sinful people, and everyone - from the pulpit to the nightclub commits intentional sin from time to time due to our natural sinful desires. I know that when people are approached about doing something wrong, you commonly hear "hey, nobody's perfect" but it seems that it all changes when you see a Christian doing something imperfect.....it either makes them fake, or somehow justifies you doing whatever you want. Not true.
God is the only one who is perfect and never lied or sinned. It's one of the many things which are unique to God, and makes us reverence Him so highly. And its really important to remember that He is the only one. Becoming a Christian doesn't mean that you'll never sin again - it means that you 1st of all accept Christ so that He can wash away your sins, and then 2) We make Christ the model for how to live our lives........Christ, not other people, because other people are imperfect, and will fail at times. I know that you might have seen someone at church in the same thing they had on at the club last night. Or you may have heard of a pastor molesting kids, or convincing people to dip into their life savings so that they can get a brand new Bentley. It happens, and yes its wrong. But this should have nothing to do with your own faith and relationship with God. Find a new church if you need to. Get into your own word and prayer life to make sure that instructions which are coming your way are justified and really from God - its important. But don't backslide or refuse to come to Christ because of this "pet peeve." At the end of the day, you're only cheating yourself.
Once again, that's just my 2 cents on what I think about when I hear people mention this to me. Feel free to agree/disagree in the comments below! And stay tuned for #s 3,4 & 5 coming in the next few days!!