July 21, 2012 by Cole Ryan
A hypocritical Christian is the biggest threat to Christianity, a person who calls themself a Christian yet doesn’t act like Christ. We are all guilty of this, because none of us will ever be able to be Jesus..
“It is not scientific doubt, not atheism, not pantheism, not agnosticism, that in our day and in this land is likely to quench the light of the gospel. It is a proud, sensuous, selfish, luxurious, church-going, hollow-hearted prosperity.” Frederic D. Huntington
Sometimes I wish Christianity would be defined by Christ, and not by Christians. The perception or interpretation of Christianity is formed by how Christians act, and not by who Jesus was and is. As Christians we dictate the way people see Jesus because we call ourselves Christians. However, it doesn’t have to be that way..
“Isn’t it interesting that in Acts 11, at the end of verse 26, it says, ‘The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.’ What I find interesting is the simple thought that the Christians didn’t name themselves. But rather, they were called (or named) ‘Christians’ by those watching their lives. I wonder if it would be the same today. Could someone look at your life or look at my life and name me a Christian? A humbling thought for sure.” Chris Tomlin
Hm.. the world used to see someone and think “that guy reminds me of Jesus, he acts a lot like Him, let’s call him a Christian.”
Christians used to be perceived by the way they acted in accordance to the way Christ acted. Today, Christ is perceived by the way Christians act because we have taken the liberty to call ourselves Christians. Atheists aren’t the biggest threat to Jesus’ reputation, hypocritical Christians are. May we start acting like Christ and wait for the world to call us Christians, rather than calling ourselves Christians but acting nothing like Christ.