Right now, we are starting a new message series at The Shepherd’s Fellowship that I’m calling “One Less Hypocrite”. When I was studying for the introductory message, I came across an interesting thought.
When they were doing the research for a book called “Unchurched”, the Barna institute surveyed non-Christians about how they felt about Christians as a whole. The following are answers they recieved that at least 70% of those surveyed said about Christians: antihomosexuals, judgmental, hypocritical, out of touch, old fashioned, too involved in politics, and insensitive.
I did not find this too surprising as I have heard these impressions before and even seen them in action over the years. Here’s the thing that made me wonder.
Not too long ago, I read another stat from the same group that 65% of unchurched folks said they would visit a church if a friend asked them to go. How does the majority of unchurched people think we are corrupt but at the same time would go to church if invited by a friend.
Here’s what these two sets of stats say. The majority of people, even though they do not trust “Christians” would take another look IF they knew someone who was a Christian they could trust. IF they had someone in their life that was a follower of Christ who lived it, loved, showed grace, did not water down grace, and was the real deal, they would negate the past of others and go to a church that effected this friend in such a positive way.
Here’s what this means to you (if you are a Christian reading this), you have a extreme amount of influence in the lives of others. The bad news is if you play games, you are just another judgemental jerk that’s part of the problem. The good news is if you are “One Less Hypocrite”, you can help the people you care about break down walls and come to the Lord.