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.