If you ask most people why they don’t go to church, or why they don’t want to become Christians, one of the most common answers is, “Christians are a bunch of hypocrites!”

Those who have left the church often give the same answer. Both groups have encountered Christians, experienced their inconsistencies, and decided, “If that’s Christianity, you can keep it.”

Even those of us who remain in the church are often deeply disappointed and discouraged by the failings and double standards of some fellow-Christians. Of course, some are Christians only in name, but not in reality. However, even the best Christians have blind spots and inconsistencies that baffle and upset us.

Fallen angels
We might not see them at the beginning when we are first converted. In the first bloom of Christian love, we might even think that some Christians and preachers belong to angelic ranks. But, before too long, our initial impressions are discovered to be initial illusions and we might even wonder if it’s the fallen angels we’ve fallen in with!

Sometimes we too are tempted to give up and withdraw from our churches in angry disgust, but usually we just keep going along, inwardly seething or perhaps loudly criticizing the failings of others.

Satanic strategy
At the root of this disillusionment is the successful satanic strategy of turning our attention away from Christ and towards Christians. The more the devil can keep people thinking and talking about Christians, the less people will be thinking and talking about Jesus. And the more people think and talk about Christians instead of Christ, the more dismayed and downcast we will become. When negatives outweigh positives, there’s only one way to go, and that’s down.

I’ve certainly fallen into this soul-sapping habit at various points in my life, and I’m sure most of us succumb to it to some degree or another. Tomorrow I want to outline strategies that will shift our attention away from the double-standards and the no-standards of some Christians, and to lift our eyes and hearts upwards to the soul-elevating Christ.

  • http://www.buderific.com Bud Martin

    As a sixty year old I agree. But there is a Revolution under me I see today. Its the 20-30 year olds creating a Revival! They are not hooked on Religion like I was. Hooked on Jesus. When my son took me to Perry Noble’s Church in Anderson SC in 2010 it was my first Spiritual moment. Now here we are in 2013 planting Churches for Jesus in Knoxville TN. Unbelievable.

  • Belinda

    I’m looking forward to hearing more about this. Thank you for sharing! I’ve been pondering what it means to live a quiet life as I come out of a time that has been soul-sapping. Also, thank you for admitting you are not perfect. It is the pride of pastors that gets to me. But as you stated…that is not where my focus needs to be.

  • http://www.21stcenturyconfusion.com Pastor Zach Malott

    I think it is high time this situation is drugged out into the light of day. Thank you for pointing out how “seasoned” Christians stumble more people than they help today.

    This is a great article that will benefit many.


    ~ Zach

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