HAVE A PROBLEM WITH RELIGION, CHRISTIANITY, OR GOD
have a problem with religion, christianity, or god? Have they let you down?
When you hear the word “Christian” what immediately comes to mind? Are your thoughts Positive or Negative?
Christians have gained a reputation of being arrogant, narrow-minded, intolerant or hypocritical. Christians claim that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. They often seem judgmental towards people regarding moral issues. If God were real and loving why is there so much pain, suffering, heartache and disease? These are some issues that drive people away from Christianity, or faith in God. And if these aren’t enough to keep us away, there is the big issue of Hypocrisy (the subject of this pamphlet) that seems so obvious in Christianity today. Without a relationship with God, or an interest in seeking Him, the things of God are foolishness to man. (I Corinthians 2:14) He is misunderstood. Even His own people rejected Him, and many still do. And the Bible says that those who chose not to seek him are comfortable with darkness rather than light. (John 3:19, 20)
A Case in Hypocrisy
Let’s say I loved you and cared for you so much that I proposed to give you the keys to a $20,000 sports car you have always wanted, under one condition. You only have to promise to take the absolute “best” care of the car I am giving to you. So you agree. I give you the keys to the car and you proudly take possession of it. To show your gratitude, you repeatedly wash and wax and clean the car inside and out every time you notice that it becomes a little bit dirty. Each time you drive by you toot the horn so I can see that you are taking care of the car. Many months go by as you continue to keep the car looking good. Suddenly one day while you are proudly cruising along, the car begins to spit and sputter and comes to a halt! What happened to the car? Can you tell me? I can tell you…. You forgot to look “under the hood”: Oil levels, water levels, maintenance, etc. You took good care of the cars appearance but ignored its inner needs.
That is the way it is with many people who call themselves Christians. They go to church, they may look good, they may even do good things, etc… but that is not enough! Eventually, many so-called Christians fail by gradually falling into sin, yet maintaining their claim of Christianity. For genuine truly committed Christians, “under the hood” is reading/studying/obeying the Bible. It is spending time in prayer. It is letting God control their everyday lives. It is considering others better them themselves. Being a true Christian is making attempts to be more like Christ. They are grateful for what Christ did on the Cross, the security of knowing (and really believing) that He provides eternal life to His true followers. It has to be more than just repeating a simple “sinners” prayer. It needs to be surrender.
In the story, note that I sacrificed my finances to purchase you the car because of my care and love for you. You drove by tooting the horn drawing my attention to you, but you never bothered to stop and visit with me. That is the way it so often is with many who come to Jesus and then claim Christianity. They get the “gift” of eternal life, then so rarely open the Bible, or speak to Him in prayer, unless they experience a crisis in their life, or need something, forgetting the sacrifice (cost) of what Jesus did for them. Meanwhile Jesus longs to have a relationship with us, giving us the peace, joy and contentment in our everyday lives that we all long for.
Many so-called Christians are separated from Him, yet they claim Christianity. (Isaiah 59:2) Hypocrisy is common. If you are a hypocritical Christian reading this, turn back (repent) and surrender your life to Him. If you have never accepted Jesus, or have rejected Him because of the nature of hypocrisy I ask you to think about these things:
Know that God will deal with hypocrites. Read Mathew 23:23-33. They are a major offense to God. Hypocrisy is one of the many ways that reveal the sinful nature of man.
Know that God does love you so much. He proved it by giving up His life for us through an agonizing death upon the Cross. Read John 3:16. No, He didn’t give you the $20,000 sports car you wanted, but He still made a sacrifice for you.
Know that at any given time your life could end. You don’t know when, or how, but your life could suddenly end. If you reject Him even for a good reason like hypocrisy, you jeopardize your eternity. Would you be ready if you were to die today? Read Hebrews 9:27
Know that we are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and that without Him we are eternally separated from Him (Isaiah 59:2).
Know that at anytime soon Jesus will be coming back to gather His true believers. Would you be ready if He were to come today? Read 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.
Truly committed and practicing Christians are obligated to share the Christ of Christianity with others through their lifestyle; they long for everyone to have true peace, joy and contentment. They wish that no one would perish. They firmly believe there is a Heaven and a Hell, based upon the Word of God. They know there is urgency for mankind to make a decision for Christ because no one knows when his or her life will end.
Don’t let something like hypocrisy keep you from accepting the benefit of a magnificent eternal home in heaven. Won’t you accept Him today? He is waiting for you to call upon Him (Revelation 3:20) so you can be with Him eternally. He also wants to provide you with the inner peace we all so badly desire. Being a true Christian does not make one immune from life’s difficulties, but we have the hope and security in having a relationship with Him and knowing our eternal destiny. Because man has no control over his destiny, it's impossible for him to know when he'll have the final opportunity to turn his life over to Jesus. Because you have no guarantee you will be here tomorrow, it should be obvious that you need to be ready today.
Whether you are 20 or 90, death is always certain. Because there is no certainty you're going to be here tomorrow, you need to accept Jesus as your eternal Savior today. To do this, you first must ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins.
"Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord" (Acts 3:19). "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
After you commit yourself in words to Jesus, you then begin to follow Him with your actions. Avoid becoming a “carnal” Christian (Romans 8:6). Carnal Christians are those who claim to be Christians, but are not living “Christ-like”.
Admit to Him that you are a sinner.
Believe He died and rose again.
Confess your sins and turn from them.
Determine to live for Him to show your gratitude for His gift of eternal life.
He is waiting for you to open the door to your heart. Won’t you let him come in?