[Above is a modified reproduction of Ferdinand Hodler's (1853-1918) "The Good Samaritan."]
The following is adapted from an upcoming presentation to Christian students on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania:
We live in a day of radical skepticism toward the Christian faith. People question biblical Christianity for numerous reasons and with numerous motives.
I do not intend here to exhaustively address all of the assorted reasons and motives as to why people, fairly or unfairly, reject Christianity.
My purpose is to attempt to lay out a possible remedy that should strip one particular group of skeptics of their rhetorical and emotional weaponry in their battle against the church.
You’ve probably heard it said by those who reject Christianity that their rejection is due to the presence of all the judgmental hypocrites in the institutional church who profess Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
By such skeptics it is claimed that of the many Christians who proclaim Jesus Christ, there appears to be very few whose lives appear to be genuinely impacted by Him.
And so it is that Christians are labeled as “hypocritical,” and “insensitive,” and “judgmental.”
It is not so much that many outsiders have rejected the gospel message as they have rejected the messengers, namely: us.
Researchers at the Barna Group recently concluded a multi-year study that asked outsiders to describe “present-day Christianity.”
85% of outsiders described Christianity as “hypocritical – saying one thing, doing another.” Eighty-five percent!
87% of outsiders described Christianity as “judgmental.”
70% of outsiders described Christianity as “insensitive to others.”
72% described Christianity as “out of touch with reality.” Read more »