Have you ever said one of these phrases, or heard someone say it?:
“I could never be a Christian because of my past and all the bad things I’ve done. I’m not welcome in church. I don’t fit in.”
“I never want to be a Christian or go to church. It’s full of hypocrites!”
One of them is false, and one of them is true......Can you guess which one is TRUE?
The second one.
The second one.
I'm a Christian and I agree; Christians ARE a bunch of hypocrites. Every single one of us...
...And so are you! So you'll fit right in.
In case you didn't know, we’re all human -- and we’re all sinners. Christians are not perfect, not even close.
Christianity isn’t meant for those who think they’re perfect, for even Jesus said in Mark 2:17, “It’s not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to save the righteous, but the sinners.” It’s not people who think their life is perfect who need a savior… it’s those who know they’re broken, who struggle, who need guidance, peace, joy, and love – despite their inconsistencies, flaws, and wicked past.
That’s why Jesus also says in Matthew 19:24: “It’s easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” He isn’t saying that if you are wealthy, it’s impossible enter the gates of Heaven. Instead, Jesus is saying that only through God is anything possible and those who are rich tend to believe their temporary treasures and wealth is all they need. That's why it's hard for a rich man to have eternal life, "For where your treasure it, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21). And again in Matthew 6:24, "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."
So yes, Christians are a bunch of sinful, hypocritical humans (just like every other human created). But the difference is that we understand that we need a savior. We believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who came to earth to serve (not to be served) who died on the cross as an ultimate sacrifice for our sins (past, present, and future). We have put our faith in him, given our struggles and sins to Him, and attempt to live a perfect life as Jesus did (even knowing we will constantly fail and fall back into sin). God knows this too, and loves us anyway.
Can I get an HALLELUJAH!?
Can I get an HALLELUJAH!?
On a side note, you must also know that there are two different "types" of Christians:
- Fans of Jesus: Those who know all about Jesus and try to act like a Christian (externally) – a.k.a. “so-called-Christians.”
- Followers of Jesus: Those who KNOW Jesus personally through a spiritual relationship with Him and have a transformed heart – which, by the way, is what Jesus really calls salvation.
Read more on this difference here: http://thejesussavinggarden.blogspot.com/2012/09/not-fan.html
There will be so-called-Christians who think all they need to do to be “saved” and have eternal life is go to church on Sunday mornings and say they believe Jesus is who He says He is (Jesus responds to this idea in Matthew 7:21-23 and James 2:19). But then they will continue carrying on with their lives with non-transformed hearts and constantly live in a way that does not glorify God. These so-called-Christians think they can do whatever they want (drugs, drunkenness, crime, sexual immorality, etc) and then they’ll be “good to go” as soon as they ask for forgiveness… and then they’ll just do it all over again.
That’s not a transformed heart, and that’s not a true Christian – a follower of Jesus.
This is why there are MORE “so-called-Christians” in America than true followers of Jesus.
Many assume they’re Christians because they were born in the South, their parents took them to church when they were a kid, they were baptized when they were 6 years old, they said they were a Christian to someone, they slapped a fish bumper sticker on their car, they said a prayer at dinner, or even go to church every Sunday.
….None of these make you a Christian.
Because none of them cause a transformed heart or salvation….only a relationship with God and faith in Jesus Christ can. Only God can save you, but He can meet you where you are at RIGHT NOW. You cannot save yourself by works, but by faith alone in Jesus Christ and a relationship with God.
Questions? Ask me.