Wednesday, April 04, 2007

A reflection

In my time, I've done a bit of reading in the area of Christian apologetics, and even though I'm not particularly gifted as an evangelist, I've also tried to share my faith with those outside the church. In doing this, people often put up a range of objections to Christianity. One of the most common ones you hear is that Christians are hypocrites.

This is a gross generalisation. Some of them are, but most of them aren't. Sometimes people who make such statements are making a valid observation. Even if they're not Christian themselves, they have some notion of what being a Christian means, and the standards that Christians are supposed to follow. They correctly see that those who claim to be Christian often fail to uphold these standards. Frequently we see high profile Christian leaders whose moral failings are widely publicised in the media. We also see church members whose moral failings are kept more private, by and large, even if the consequences are often the same.

This is a reminder that Christians don't follow other Christians; they follow Jesus Christ. He is our example, and the one we must answer to. The issue comes down to this. Never mind what other Christians do, who are after all, still flawed human beings. Even if some Christians are hypocrites, or whatever else they may be labelled as, irrespective of this, every individual still needs to consider where they stand before God. At some point, you need to personally consider the claims of Jesus upon your life, if you haven't already. In other words, even if some Christians are hypocrites, this doesn't mean you're off the hook with God.


Glen O'Brien said...

Good thoughts Ross. I'm going to direct my Apologetics students to this blog entry. You can visit the Apologetics class blog and comment any time you like (provided the stupid software lets you).

Julie said...

I agree Ross. I love your comment on following Jesus rather than other Christians. It's a good point to remember when we are doing apologetics in the world. We are each responsible for our own relationship with Jesus just as we are with other people. I'm considering getting a blog page myself. Is is hard to set up?

Ross McPhee said...

Hello Julie. Thanks for your comments. A blog page isn't hard to set up, and it's pretty simple to sign up for an account. Once you've done that, you can start posting to it right away. I'll keep an eye out for it.