Two Reasons Why The World Hates Christians
Are we drawing others to Christ or pushing them away?
This list can go on indefinitely, the point being that, when we walk into a room and make the rest of the people in it feel like slug droppings because they could never approach our level of holiness, virtue, saintliness and piety, we have actually failed to get across the veritable essence of those attributes. People — real people — were drawn to Christ because of His love, understanding, patience, sensitivity, and kindness, and He managed to convey, and teach, truth without abandoning any of these.
Christ’s Example Is the Right One
With the weak He was gentle; with the arrogant He was firm; with the foolish He was patient; with the cunning He was wise. But He Himself was never proud, demanding, merciless, or disagreeable. Far too often, we are.
But we serve a loving and gracious God, and if we back off and pull away from our outward trappings of religiosity, He works with us to show what real compassion, kindness, wisdom, discernment, and mercy look like, as opposed to the substitutes we so easily fall into.
Carolyn Henderson is an author, home educator, and business owner who integrates Christianity with real life, and common sense with Christianity. Her books include: Live Happily on Less -- 52 Ideas to Renovate Your Life and Lifestyle and Grammar Despair. Read more from Carolyn on her blog Commonsense Christianity