We Christians aren’t as bad as you think we are

Or maybe we are.  It really depends on what you believe about us.

Being a Christian isn’t very vogue these days, and that’s actually quite okay with us; we’re not in the business of being vogue.  And it’s actually helpful that these days, in the West, the lines are being drawn more clearly than they have been in a long time.

It needs to be said that there are common misconceptions about Christians, and understandably so.  There are people claiming to be Christians who really don’t believe what Jesus has taught, and there are true Christians who misbehave in public and embarrassing ways.  Every true Christian continues to be a sinner, and so we don’t blame you for thinking the way that you do about us.

But please allow us to properly represent ourselves here.  Take a few minutes to read this short note about what we actually believe and why we do what we do.

First, we do believe that you’re a sinner.  But we don’t think that we’re not sinners.  Sin, in essence, is violating the laws of God, and we’ve all done that and we continue to do so.  We do believe that.

Second, we do believe that you (on your own merit) deserve to go to hell.  But again, we believe the same thing about ourselves.  We’ve all broken innumerable laws of God, and God, being just, would be right to pour His wrath on us all.  Not just you, but all of us.  But there’s a reason why most of us don’t just hold up signs saying that you’re going to hell.  And that is

Thirdly, we don’t want you to go to hell.  There are some notorious Christians (or impostors) who hold up hateful signs and declare God’s wrath without any kind of hope for the sinner.  Unlike these caricatures, we don’t want you to go to hell.  We really don’t.  We really, really, really want you to be rescued from that.  Which is why

Fourthly, we’re preachy because we love you.  We bring a message of peace to you.  You have rebelled against the King of Kings, and He has extended an olive branch to mankind.  He is offering peace to the world, and we are His messengers.  So, forgive us if we don’t shut up about this good news.  We can’t shut up.  We love you.  And frankly, since we believe what we believe, it would devilish of us to leave you alone about all this.  After all,

Fifthly, we do believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation.  This is what really bothers a lot of people.  How dare anyone claim that there is only one way to God?  Again, we’re just the messengers.  God has declared that there is only way to Himself and that is through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.  How is this so?  It’s because Jesus was the one who took on the punishment that sinners like you and me deserve on Himself.  He purchased forgiveness of sins on the cross.  And taking on that sinfulness, he gives His own righteousness to those who believe in Him.  And so God, making this incredible sacrifice, has provided a way to forgiveness through Jesus.  When we ask, “How could there only be one way?”, we’re asking the wrong question.  The better question is, “Why would God make any way?”  We deserve nothing.  He gave up everything.  And so, in line with the fourth point, we plead with you to turn from your sin and trust in Jesus for salvation.

Hopefully, if you had any misconceptions about what we believe, this cleared it up a bit.  We’re not as “bad” as you think we are.  We really are a people who love you, and though we mess it up a lot, all we really want is for you to know the God whom we love and serve.

Maybe you already knew all of this about us, and in that case, we really are as “bad” as you think we are.  But given what we believe, can you blame us?  Thanks for taking the time to read this, and if you have questions, I’d love to speak with you more.

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