Written November 19, 2006, but needed to be shared again...
My most precious fiance' brought to my attention again this weekend a quote I was familiar with in junior high. For those of you who are DC Talk fans, you will know this quote from the Jesus Freak CD from back in the day.
"The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."
Really think about this. Those of us that profess to be Christians, does anybody know it outside of church or Bible study? Nobody is graced with perfection, and hypocrisy follows each like a shadow. However, we are to strive, as Christians, to follow the perfect example that Jesus showed us through His life.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to work in a Christian company. However, it has also been a scary experience to see how "Christians" act away from a church setting, in the day-in, day-out ordinary lives. I have been accosted by hypocrisy around every corner, myself included.
It is my prayer that those of us who wear the bold title of "Christian" will take it seriously, as it is a matter of life and death. Those whom we meet as Christians that do not know what we know, will watch our every step to see what makes us different than the rest. It could be your own hypocrisy that forever turns a man away from Christ.
Ephesians 5:19-21 says that we must live filled with the Spirit: "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Do not deny Him by your lifestyle.