I don’t usually post items like this, but I stumbled across an interesting column that you can read here. I know nothing about the author, but I thought his points were worth consideration. He lists 10 ways that Christians often misrepresent Christ, or have allowed our culture to confuse the message of the Gospel. [The bold is his point, the regular type is my summary of his explanation.]
- Too much money. Christianity and “middle class” have become synonymous in many people’s minds.
- Too confident God thinks we’re all that and a leather-bound gift Bible. I think he means that while confidence in our salvation is a good thing, we still need to be introspective and striving for holiness and godliness.
- Too quick to know what God really means by what he says in the Bible.
- Too action-oriented.
- Too invasive of others generally. Too many Christians try to control society and impose their values through politics and the media. Don’t we believe in free will?
- Too invasive of others personally. We can tend to get involved in arguments over beliefs very easily. Our evangelism efforts also can “insist” that someone respond to the Gospel, rather than letting the Holy Spirit work in that person’s life.
- Too quick to abandon logic. It’s easy to say, “well…I believe it because the Bible says it.” Why do you trust the Bible? Is it just faith or is there logic to it also? If it’s subjective, acknowledge that and don’t insist that others agree.
- Too fixated on homosexuality. Where’s the Christian organisation fighting the grievous sin of western civilization, GLUTTONY?
- Too insular. Why do so few Christian have “non-church” friends? Is it because we used to but they’re all Christians now? Do enough of us involve ourselves in community organizations etc.?
- Too uneducated about Christianity. How many Christians can have an intelligent conversation about the Crusades? Yet many “non-chrisitans” will use the Crusades as an example of why they’re not a Christian. How many Christians really understand how the Bible has been transmitted over 2,000 years.
Okay, that’s his Top 10.
- Do you agree or disagree with his list. Please share your thoughts.
- Are there any that jump off the page at you as correct or wrong?
- Are there other areas that you would like to add to the list?