Would the World Hate Christians If We Behaved Like the Bible Tells Us To?
I think people should have less of a problem with Christianity than with Christians. I understand the problem the world has with Christians. I’m a Christian, and I have a problem with myself. I know my thoughts; I squirm at what I say and do. But Christians aren’t perfect. We all fall short of the glory of God.
Yes, we are hypocrites, and so are you.
But Christianity is perfect. Jesus Christ was a perfect God who came to earth and lived a perfect life as a perfect man. The Story about Him in the Bible is perfect. Oh, the Bible is messy for sure because it tells the unvarnished truth about flawed humans. If God were interested in telling a story everyone would love, He would’ve written a novel instead of a nonfiction masterpiece.
However, the Bible tells Christians how God wants us to live and behave. It’s not His fault we fail. We refuse to read the Bible. The Bible abounds with instructions on Christian living.
For example, let’s look at Romans 12:9–21 for the Apostle Paul’s appeal to the Christians in Rome. Read it slowly.
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
How can anyone argue with these basic tenets? The world would be much better if we lived up to these standards. No, the problem isn’t as much with Christianity as with Christians who fail to behave as God’s Word instructs us to do. The world shouldn’t hate the standard because the standard-bearers fail to live up to the standard. Or, as mama used to say, “don’t throw out the baby with the bath water.”