There was a question posed recently in a well respected apologetics group on Facebook. The writer ask, what appeared to be, a basic question that many, one would think, had already considered. Maybe not, or should I state, obviously not. Now before I give you the question, let me again state, my observations are strictly from my own personal experience. I do not have a desire to “bash” anyone, and this is not directed at any one particular church, person or otherwise. Whew! Oh yeah, and I do not mean for it to be negative, and neither do I have all of the answers, never will, though for some reason those I am begging to listen seem to think otherwise. It is however, my heartfelt desire, God’s call on my life, and Biblically motivated. That seems to be a huge disclaimer, but in reality, well it doesn’t matter. And now the question, remember, posted by someone on Facebook. Why are most people not Christian? Yes sir, that was it. Simple enough huh? Well, it doesn’t seem to be for sure! So, here is why I personally, and ALL of my previous friends, were not Christian. Please just take a second and listen, or read. It has nothing to do with belief in God, following rules, or any other nonsensical things the majority of Christians think it is. It IS us, or you, or however one would like to phrase it. Most people are not Christian because of Christians! What is it going to take to convince someone? All the nice, serving, good Christian things we/you/us are all doing is not doing anything to reach the non follower. The majority believe by the way, thus why I call them non followers. The problem is our (Christian) ACTIONS!
I thank God daily for the Holy Spirit moving in my life. Why? Well, if I based my salvation, or my accepting Christ, on the actions of other Christians, I would never have signed on. And most days, without apologetics, I would walk away. Yes, I know we tell the non follower not to base their life on others actions. Been there, heard that. And again, I promise, if actions are louder than words the perception of the Christian community is it’s own worst enemy! This isn’t based on just the small town I grew up in as a child. I have actually been a few places, spent twelve years in the Air Force, and it is the same everywhere I have been. Christians doing their “good” Christian things, along with every civic organization, and other just good people. In fact the other good people more respect than the Christian. Why you ask? Because they are perceived as doing it because that want to and not to put on the Christian front. What is it going to take? All of this sound familiar? It is one of my greatest frustrations, besides the prosperity gospel. No one will listen, or seem to care! “Let’s just keep doing what we have always done”! How is that working out for us?
I assure you that I was much “happier”, had more money, better friends, and thought Christianity was one of, if not the, stupidest things anyone could ever be a part of. Praise God for His free gift of salvation! Happiness is not what Christianity, or life is about. God does not care if you are happy. Our “prize” is heaven. I had more money because my morals were less than what they are now. It didn’t bother me one bit to look someone directly in the eye and lie to them. Now, the Holy Spirit convicts my heart thinking about lying. Friends, I had plenty. Actual friends. Not the extremely too sensitive person that if I happen to say something they don’t like pouted forever. Or ran to the pastor and told on me. (Something like what I am writing, BIG TROUBLE). In fact, during my twelve years in the Air Force, I only recall two individuals professing Christianity. One we made fun of, the other was a good guy, but still the only difference in him and “us” was he went to church on Sunday and we stayed in bed hung over.
I write all of that to write this…People are not Christians because of Christians. We have all read the statistics, same divorce rate, porn problems, adultery, drinking, and well, most do not see the point. Why would they? They aren’t really concerned about heaven or hell. They have no desire to live like they see many of us living. Meaning, why call themselves something, or bother getting up on Sunday morning, when they can do the same things we are doing and have less guilt. They think we are living a lie! And why not? Please tell me…What is it going to take?
And I didn’t even mention not knowing why we believe what we believe! But then again, all we have to do is believe, right?