Has faking it caused the issues?
So many times “Christians” have acted like they are perfect. They have passed judgment on others and caused, what I believe is, the opposite effect of what the “Christian” would desire.
The issue is that even “Christians” fall short. We try to live a good life, but we seem to always fall. Knowing this, we need to let everyone know that even though we fall, Jesus accepts us. This acceptance by Jesus helps the Christian know that they have a planned life with Christ when they die.
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 1 Peter 2:12 (NIV)
If you are a Christian, do you judge or forgive like Christ forgives you? If you are not a Christian, can you make a decision on Christ by reading the Bible and not looking at some Christians who have done you wrong?
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Yes, I think some of our outcrys of “Christian persecution” have hurt the gospel message. Legalism is not what Christ intended. Wasn’t it the legalist pharisees that he was most critical of? I don’t always succeed but I try to remember that Christ accepts people right where they are and trys to lovingly guide them to His plan.