10 Reasons Why I Dont Like Most Christians

As I read this post by one of the staff pastors at New Spring Church, it made me ask myself if I was doing anything to make Christians look unattractive to a lost and dying world . They really need me to be pointing the way to Jesus, not making the gospel look unattractive. What about you? Can you find yourself in here? How do you make the gospel look?

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10 Reasons I Don’t Like Most Christians by Tony Morgan

  1. They consistently seem angry and bitter and worried. I thought Christians were supposed to reflect joy and kindness and peace.
  2. They don’t dream big dreams. That seems odd given the fact that we’re supposedly worshiping a God who is “able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare ask or hope.”
  3. They seem to worship their theology more than Jesus. For whatever reason, this appears to be especially true for folks that come from a reformed theology.
  4. They don’t like it when other people or ministries experience success. Think about it. There are Christians who would be overwhelmed with joy if NewSpring experienced fewer salvations, fewer baptisms and our attendance dropped.
  5. They use prayer as an excuse for inaction. They’re waiting for God to do his thing, but they aren’t willing to step out in faith and obedience.
  6. They’re more concerned with the BMW next door than the lost person who drives it. Christians hate people with money. They’re willing to sacrifice time and money for those without it, but they’re satisfied to let “rich” people go to Hell.
  7. They would rather people live life without Jesus than give up their personal preferences. What happens when your preferred teacher doesn’t teach? What happens when your preferred worship leader doesn’t lead? What happens when you don’t like the music?
  8. They are fake. They dress up a certain way on Sunday and they live as completely different people the rest of the week.
  9. They think they’re better than other people. That’s why they create rules to follow. It helps differentiate why they are holy while others are not.
  10. They’re comfortable with mediocrity. Doesn’t matter where. Think Christian music and movies. Think how we invest our time and money. You don’t seriously think God deserves our best do you?

The reality is that I’ve sinned in just about every one of these areas. It pains me to say that, but it’s true. If people hear the Gospel and reject Jesus, that’s one thing. If I’m the barrier to people accepting Christ because of me and my sin, that’s a completely different deal. Fortunately, God’s much bigger than my stupidity.

When does your humanness get in the way of people knowing the hope, forgiveness and love of Jesus? Does your life make people curious about the claims of Jesus or does it make them flee? What would you add to the list?

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~ by pennymaxwell on December 28, 2008.

7 Responses to “10 Reasons Why I Dont Like Most Christians”

  1. Wow Pastor Penny….watch out for my TOES! LOL! Thanks for the reminder!

  2. The George Barna Research group says that when non-Christians think of Christians, there are 6 stereotypes that come to mind.
    That they’re:
    -Anti-Gay (the person and the sin are synonomous)
    -Hypocritical (duh)
    -Only interested in getting people saved (not in knowing them personally or developijng a relationship as Jesus did)
    -Sheltered (clueless to reality)
    -Too Political
    -Judgemental

    This doesn’t reflect well for us . . .
    These are what kept me away from the CHRIST of the church for so long. Like my Dad says – “church would be great if it weren’t for the Christians”. It’s time for a change – I challenge us all to drop the masks and BE Jesus.

  3. So funny! I saw the comment on this post and said “WOW” this Christie girl is good. She has some good stuff to say! Then I noticed it was “Leggs” and said “NO WONDER”! She is GOOD! Love ya! You ARE a friend and I am thankful for you! 🙂

  4. That was good Word and I too can relate to at some point and time being in multiple catagories at some time or another in my journey to know Christ and be more like Him. I love things like this that make you look in the mirror repent and hopefully grow! Thanks for sharing this and for always being a seeker of truth! Happy 2009 to you and the family!

  5. Hey Dude. Come to my church. I don’t know one person that matches your description of “most christians.”

  6. I had written whole thing on things I know people hate about believers because I struggle with the same frustrations but love struck me and reminded me that I was not coming with the love of Christ in my heart. The following quote is from Cornel West and I feel it is appropriate for believers to take to heart.

    “A Christian should be able to go to the White House, a crack house, thier momma’s house and come out with thier integrity, vision, compassion, and commitment intact.
    If the Kingdom of God is within you, then everywhere you go you should leave a little heaven behind. People should know you to be a heaven leaver. You can learn to love your crooked neighbor with your own crooked heart because you’re connected to a power and grace greater than your ego.”

  7. Mark that quote is DARN good! I love love love it!!! Happy New Year to you, Breena and baby girl!

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