What To Do When Someone Hates The Church – Part 1

As Christians sometimes we do not present ourselves in a manner that would say we have “Good News” for the world.  From Jimmy and Tammy Baker back in the day to Paul and Jan Crouch today it’s not hard to find bad examples of Christians.  Then you have local churches who miss the point of what it means to reach your community.

If you were a person soured on church by thought that maybe you’ll give it one more try because Jesus seems interesting would you go to Sunday Service in one of these churches?

While the statement is true the sign is not going to put any new people in the pew on Sunday.

What can you say about this put, “What are you thinking?????”

When you see this sign doesn’t it fill you with anticipation for Sunday?

Some people will look at this sign and say, “Finally a church that tells the truth!!!”

As I was reading blogs and articles about why people leave the church and “organized religion” being hurt was a main theme.  Many people have been abused spiritually, physically and emotionally by people who are supposed to represent Jesus.

One thing you need to understand is that Jesus is even more upset about hurt in the church than you are because he came to “heal the brokenhearted” (Luke 4:18)  Those people will be judged for what they have done in Jesus name.

Also remember for every person who has been hurt by the church I can show you 10 who have been helped by the church.

Another major reason people have difficulty with the church is because of hypocrisy.

There are two considerations that need to be made here.  First, you can mess up at being a Christian and not be a hypocrite because a hypocrite is someone who intentionally deceives.  James White does a great job of explaining this.

Second, for those who are out to deceive, as upset as both you are I are about hypocrites in the church Jesus is even more upset.  In Matthew 23 six times He says, “Woe to you teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites…”

So far we have assessed the problem and many times the problem is people who say they believe by look nothing like Jesus.  The hurt and hypocrisy caused by these people is real and very damaging to the Kingdom of God.  They make the job of true believers difficult because we start with a bias against us from the get go which we did not create but feel the effects of.

What do you do when someone hates the church? First, understand where they are coming from.

Next post I will give you some practical things we can to help change people’s opinion of church and Jesus.

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6 Responses to What To Do When Someone Hates The Church – Part 1

  1. Al Cook. says:

    Why do you even care to impose your beliefs on other people?

    • Thanks for taking a look at my blog Al. First off, I guess we could both tell stories of people trying to impose everything from Christianity to carpet cleaning on people which is wrong. Jesus never imposed Himself on anyone. I think there is a big difference between imposing and sharing. When you have something awesome you rightly want others to know about it.

  2. Al Cook. says:

    “Next post I will give you some practical things we can to help change people’s opinion of church and Jesus.”

    – That looks like imposing to me my friend.

    • Al,

      I am not sure that most people would consider trying to change a person’s opinion as imposing their views on that person.

      If that was the case, then most conversations of religion, sports, politics and you name it should be off limits.

      Are there people who are not interested in actual dialogue and just interested in imposing their views? Of course. Would some of these people call themselves Christians? Yes. Thus the reason for this blog post. I don’t like pushy people any more than you do.

      Thanks for posting.

  3. Al Cook. says:

    Peter, I’d like to say that I didn’t take a look at your blog like you thanked me for. I only glanced over this post because you stuck a link to it under one of my own blog posts.
    You keep your views over here and I’ll keep mine over here: http://www.alancook.wordpress.com and we’ll say our goodbyes and go our seperate ways.

    Fair enough?

    All the very best to you and yours and Jesus.

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