ARE CHRISTIANS THE WORST KIND OF PEOPLE?
By Edwin Christiaan
How many times have we heard from unbelievers – and even fellow believers – how horrible Christians can be? They say that Christians, including pastors and ministers, are judgmental, controlling, full of pride, jealous, unfriendly, unloving and hateful, hypocrites, liars, selfish, fearful cowards, unforgiving, merciless, and the list goes on and on.
In our personal experience with fellow Christians, we are very blessed to have met many good-hearted loving Christians, but at the other hand, we must admit that we have also met some awful behaving ones, and therefore, we can absolutely understand how the outside world sees us Christians.
The world is supposed to taste and see in us Christians that God is good, but instead they are tasting and seeing in our bad attitudes and behavior, that God is nothing but horrible (see Psalm 34:8).
Not too long ago, I had a talk with a wealthy non-believing business man about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, telling him how Jesus went to the cross and rose again as an act of love to save mankind from eternal damnation. Then suddenly, this business said to me, “You Christians, you are all a bunch of hypocrites! You do the same things we unbelievers do; you cheat, you are money hungry, you lie, you steal, you are back-stabbers, you are sleeping around, and you drink. Oh come on, are you kidding me? I have seen you Christians!”
I responded to this business man saying, “It is unfortunate that you have had all these bad experiences with so-called Christians.” Then I told him, “Because we are all sinners, and whenever we give our lives to Jesus Christ, He will start exposing our dark hearts through His light, and all our sinful character traits and bad behavior issues will come to the surface for us to admit and deal with in a Godly way (see John 8:12). If you come to our Christian side by giving your life to Jesus Christ, the same thing is going to happen to you!”
This subject, “Are Christians the worst kind of people?” must be seen in the light of what the Bible scriptures say about the different types of Christians, or those who call themselves Christians. It will give a great understanding what true Christianity is really all about.
In the book of Mark chapter 4, Jesus gives a parable of a farmer, who was scattering seed, and this seed fell on four different places on the ground, which represents four different types of Christians.
The first type of Christian
The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away.Mark 4:15 NLT
The second type of Christian
he seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.Mark 4:16-17 NLT
The third type of Christian
The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.Mark 4:18-19 NLT
The fourth type of Christian
And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!Mark 4:20 NLT
According to the book of Galatians, Christians are supposed to produce a harvest of godly fruit in their lives, which is: “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT)
This fruit is meant for others to taste and see that God is good!
Christians are supposed to love each other, and this will show the world that they are true disciples of Jesus Christ and a good God.
Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.John 13:35 NLT
Unfortunately, we see many Christians acting in the opposite way of love and hating their Christian brother or sister, as is stated in 1. John 2:9 NLT:
If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness.1. John 2:9 NLT
In the Corinthian Church, the apostle Paul also had to deal with Christians like the ones in the above scripture, hating each other:
Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in the Christian life. I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world? When one of you says, “I am a follower of Paul,” and another says, “I follow Apollos,” aren’t you acting just like people of the world?1. Corinthians 3:1-4 NLT
In the book of Hebrews, it also refers to this category of immature Christians, who are giving a bad example of how to walk a godly fruitful life.
There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right.
Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.
Hebrews 5:11-14 NLT
Then, there is also a category of hypocritical Christians, who like to teach and warn people what they should not do, and yet they are doing it themselves, giving God a bad name to the world.
Well then, if you teach others, why don’t you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal? You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery? You condemn idolatry, but do you use items stolen from pagan temples? You are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor God by breaking it. No wonder the Scriptures say, ‘The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you.’Romans 2:21-24 NLT
These types of Christians are the ones who will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly (see 2. Timothy 3:5).
It is clear that not every Christian is the same, and not all are walking according to God’s will and purpose for their lives. Just because we call ourselves Christians, doesn’t mean we really represent and demonstrate God’s love and fruits for the world to taste and see that God is good.
The apostle Paul made it clear what a Christian should not be, when he said that we are,
not to associate with anyone who claims to be a Christian yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.1. Corinthians 5:11
We as Christians should never forget our purpose on this earth, and that is that,
God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us.2. Corinthians 5:18-20 NLT
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