I don’t like your Christians.

Yes, today’s post is yet another repost of a facebook note. It’s short and not-so-sweet, but maybe you can help clear the air for me on a few issues.

Ghandi was once noted saying, “I like your Christ. I don’t like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.”

He also said, “If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today.”

Granted, I know Ghandi wasn’t a Christian, but that doesn’t mean I can’t quote him from time to time. Perhaps I should just confess it now – I also quote John Wayne, Sid from Ice Age, and Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind.

I know I cyber-yell at Christians a lot in these facebook notes – but, well… someone has to.  ;]  ha.

I find so many Christians to be hypocritical in their beliefs. Many times they even hold a double standard — which is incredibly annoying, really.

So here’s a few questions for you all to ponder and answer…

  1. Is it okay for Christians to judge other Christians?
  2. Is it okay for Christians to call people rude names and hateful things?
  3. Is it ever okay for a preacher to preach in hate, rather than in love?
  4. What exactly does it mean to “reprove, rebuke, and exhort” (II Tim. 4:2)?
  5. Are Christians really supposed to “turn the other cheek”?
  6. Should Christians respond to opposition through lawsuits?
  7. Should Christians threaten the lost or provoke them to anger as a witnessing technic?

So what say you…?

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Posted on May 26, 2011, in Christian Life, Repost and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. You shall know them by their fruits.

  2. You know, you’re talking my language. Want a “Recovering Legalist” t-shirt?

  3. Great post.

    Is it okay for Christians to judge other Christians? We are not to judge them, but we are to stand up for righteousness and exhort others to live a life honoring to Christ.

    Is it okay for Christians to call people rude names and hateful things? Never!

    Is it ever okay for a preacher to preach in hate, rather than in love? Never!

    What exactly does it mean to “reprove, rebuke, and exhort” (II Tim. 4:2)? For mature believers to show others where they are in error and help them learn what is right – done in love, not in a judgmental attitude.

    Are Christians really supposed to “turn the other cheek”? Yes. But we all have a human nature, so must be understanding of those who are weak in this area.

    Should Christians respond to opposition through lawsuits? Depends on situation. At the moment we still have some freedom of religion in this country and the legal right to seek protection of those rights. If we don’t make the effort, don’t be surprised if you suddenly find your rights taken away.

    Should Christians threaten the lost or provoke them to anger as a witnessing technic? No. But we must warn them of the judgment of God, which topic by its nature will cause some to rebel. Also, Scripture says “Some save by fear, making a distinction.”

    • Thank you for your comment, my friend.

    • alexandra herczeg

      We are supposed to love everyone like jesus did. Remember when in matthew chapter 5 & 6 he arrived to jerusalem. He clearly knew that jerusalem was filled with his enemies but still he loved his them and he teches us to love even our enemies. We are not supposed to judge anyone, just like the quotes says – only god can judge me – . It is not right to judge, they sooner or later find their way, and it is not our business to tell them that they are not good christians. Just for the first question..

  4. Brennan Manning – ‘The single greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable’

    nuff said.

  5. 1.Is it okay for Christians to judge other Christians?
    – Short answer: Absolutely *gasp*
    – Long answer: People are always qoteing,”Judge not” from Matt. 7:1, but they completely ignore the rest of the verse and the subsequent verses. The passage is saying that if your going to judge, be sure to hold the same standard to yourself as to those you judge. We as Christians have to judge, but this doesn’t mean that we run around rebuking everyone and everything we have issue with. There are guideliness. First Corinthians deals much with internal church affairs and speaks much on how we are to judge those who are within. It speaks of how we are not to judge the world, that is God’s job, not ours. It also speaks of judging the bretheren that sin not be found among them. Judging is neccessary, but is not to be done hatefully or our of spite.

    2&3.Is it okay for Christians to call people rude names and hateful things? Is it ever okay for a preacher to preach in hate, rather than in love?
    – Short answer: Sometimes *gasp*
    – Long answer: Anyone ever read about Christ preaching to the Pharasees? YIKES! I wouldn’t want to be one of them when Christ was around! Fools, Serpants, Vipers, Adulterers: just a sampling of the names Christ dished out at these people. I would call these sermons too “loving” if anything they were downright hateful. I beleive God despises those who use His name to glorify themselves. Not that he isn’t willing to forgive those who desire it, but for those who abuse the name our Lord severe judgment is awaiting them. “serpents, generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”

    4.What exactly does it mean to “reprove, rebuke, and exhort” (II Tim. 4:2)?
    – Short Answer: Sorry no short answer this time.
    – Long Answer: Reprove – Harsh critique, Rebuke – Strong verbal disciple, Exhort – Strongly advise. As the verse continues all must be done in patience (longsuffering) and according to the Scripture (Doctrine)

    5.Are Christians really supposed to “turn the other cheek”?
    – Short answer: Yup *gasp* a non-contraversial answer
    – Long answer: The lesson of turning the other cheek teaches us we are to mind our reactions. This doesn’t mean that when someone abuses us whether physically or verbaly we have no resort but to lie down and take it, but rather we are to respond in a way that would cause the least discord.

    6.Should Christians respond to opposition through lawsuits?
    Short answer: If neccessary *gasp* yet again
    Long answer: most people point to Matthew 20 and Christ’s illustration of the coat and cloak. If you read the illustration you will see that one man is sueing another for his coat. Christ then proclaims that the correct response from the man being sued would be to give the suer the coat and also a cloak. And as with turning the other cheek I belevie the lesson is it is the Christians job to hinder discoard. This doesn’t howerever mean that if someone steals $100,000, from you that you don’t have the right to demand it back through legal action, but it should be a last resort as opposed to an initial response.

    7.Should Christians threaten the lost or provoke them to anger as a witnessing technic?
    Short answer: NO!!!!! *no gasp required*
    Long answer: That is clearly not Christ’s example. The Bible clearly speaks how its not the Christians job to judge the world, but it is God’s. Christ never rebuked the lost in his witnessing, just showed them their need of His forgiveness. We our to follow His example.

    • Well said. This will go into my “Save out for periodic review” archives.

      • So here’s a few questions for you all to ponder and answer…

        1.Is it okay for Christians to judge other Christians?
        My Answer. Wrong is wrong. Evil is evil. The Bible is not a book of “grey areas”. We have a duty to stand against sin. If a “christian, budist, or friend is doing wrong you judge the act call out the behavior, but don’t throw out the baby w/ the bath water. We Christians as a whole are far too quick to fully condem a brother or sister. In stead we are to judge the sin, allow room for repentence, pray (in love) and hope to bring the person back.

        2.Is it okay for Christians to call people rude names and hateful things?
        My answer… it’s never ok to be rude

        3.Is it ever okay for a preacher to preach in hate, rather than in love?
        My answer… A preacher should preach in the Spirit not the flesh. Hate is not a fruit of the Spirit.

        4.What exactly does it mean to “reprove, rebuke, and exhort” (II Tim. 4:2)?
        My answer #1 prettyh much covered that

        5.Are Christians really supposed to “turn the other cheek”?
        My answer We should stand against evil. However, a slap in the face is an insult (only). It only hurts your pride. The Bible gives us liberty to defend ourselves. But we ought not be brawlers. Brawlers have no place in Gods work.

        6.Should Christians respond to opposition through lawsuits?
        My answer THe law is there for a reason. That should be the LAST resort.

        7.Should Christians threaten the lost or provoke them to anger as a witnessing technic?
        My answer Speak the truth. THere is a difference between the truth and a threat. Our Lord never threatened anyone. Threats are tactics of a bully. Not Chreisians

  6. I find it interesting that quite a lot of these questions are ones that wouldn’t be asked in the UK… kind of makes me see how cultural our Christianity is despite all being Christianity.

    Just a question on 5… should we turn the other cheek. When I was a kid I was told that this was about simply ‘not-reacting’ when we’re struck… which kind of reinforced the picture of Jesus as a soppy, fair haired, bearded hippy that I was also taught…

    I’ve since discovered that the reasoning behind this suggestion was that if someone was to hit you on the cheek, they would do it with the back of their hand – as an insult… whereas if you ‘turn the other cheek’ you force them to hit you with their fist… which means that they are forced to treat you as an equal.

    This wasn’t about just taking abuse and not reacting… it was about subversively establishing dignity even in the face of abuse.

    Anyway… great questions 🙂

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