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May 31, 2017 by Will Maule

3 Things Christians Do That Non-Christians Really Hate

When you take a quick opinion poll from non-Christians on Christian behavior, the results are often not particularly positive. This is really sad! As followers of Jesus, we should be showing his grace and love to all we meet. We are his witnesses and must be constantly aware of our behavior towards others. So, what are some things that Christians do, that non-Christians really despise? Tim Challies highlights three key ones. 

1. Judge
"It doesn’t take long for non-Christians to tell you how much they hate the way Christians judge other people," writes Challies. "Another two minutes on social media will reveal Christians and preachers condemning unchurched people for their sexual habits and preferences, life-style choices and even political views. I doubt this is what Jesus had in mind when he gave his life in love for the world."

But is there another way?

"What would happen if Christians stopped judging the world (isn’t that God’s job?) and started loving it instead?" asks Challies.

"I believe that’s what Jesus did."

2. Be Hypocritical
"There’s a word for Christian who say one thing and do another. The word is hypocrite," writes Tim. It is easy to point the finger at someone and call them a hypocrite, but are you just masking the truth that you are on yourself?

"Don’t pretend to be something or someone you’re not. I find the more humility I add to my words, the smaller the gap is between who I am and who I say I am," writes Challies. 

"When you admit your shortcomings, you build a bridge between you and others. Owning your sin is different than living in it; confession is never an excuse for complacency."

3. Stink At Friendship
"Perhaps the first obstacle between non-Christians and Christians is that relatively few Christians actively pursue meaningful friendships with people who don’t share their faith," highlights Challies. "Jesus pursued friendships with people who were different than him. Whose lifestyles were far different than anything God had in mind for them (or for people in relationship with him)."

"Yet Jesus was their friend. He went to their house for dinner. They traveled together. They shared moments and meals and life."

"It scandalized the religious leaders of Jesus day, and sadly, when it’s practiced authentically, it still scandalizes most of us today."



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