Fact or Fiction?

I found this list yesterday on Tony Morgan’s blog and I wanted to share it with you.  Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer at NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC. As a prominent leader in the church world I enjoy reading Tony’s blog for his creative insight and outside the box thinking. I ask you to read the list below, with an open mind, and then reflect on it personally to determine whether you think it’s fact or fiction. Because I don’t want to shape your opinion on this list before you have time to examine it for yourself, I have decided to hold my thoughts until tomorrow. Check back then for a post featuring my reflections of this list.  

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       10 Reasons I Don’t Like Most Christians

  1. They consistently seem angry and bitter and worried. I thought Christians were supposed to reflect joy and kindness and peace.
  2. They don’t dream big dreams. That seems odd given the fact that we’re supposedly worshiping a God who is “able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare ask or hope.”
  3. They seem to worship their theology more than Jesus. For whatever reason, this appears to be especially true for folks that come from a reformed theology.
  4. They don’t like it when other people or ministries experience success.Think about it. There are Christians who would be overwhelmed with joy if NewSpring experienced fewer salvations, fewer baptisms and our attendance dropped.
  5. They use prayer as an excuse for inaction. They’re waiting for God to do his thing, but they aren’t willing to step out in faith and obedience.
  6. They’re more concerned with the BMW next door than the lost person who drives it. Christians hate people with money. They’re willing to sacrifice time and money for those without it, but they’re satisfied to let “rich” people go to Hell.
  7. They would rather people live life without Jesus than give up their personal preferences. What happens when your preferred teacher doesn’t teach? What happens when your preferred worship leader doesn’t lead? What happens when you don’t like the music?
  8. They are fake. They dress up a certain way on Sunday and they live as completely different people the rest of the week.
  9. They think they’re better than other people. That’s why they create rules to follow. It helps differentiate why they are holy while others are not.
  10. They’re comfortable with mediocrity. Doesn’t matter where. Think Christian music and movies. Think how we invest our time and money. You don’t seriously think God deserves our best do you?
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3 thoughts on “Fact or Fiction?

  1. I would say all of these are true to an extent. However, I find theology to be important as it shapes are view of Jesus. For example, the church in America more often then not believes Jesus to be American, a supporter of the military, and a Republican/Democrat. All though this may not be theology, it is puked out of the pulpit as some man.womens. theological belief. This is so far from the Gospel it is sickening. Christians are fake…the word makes me sick, “Christian”…your more often then not considered a hater of the gay community, close minded, and spiteful. Comfortable with mediocrity…yes… the general body of believers…however…they do not really follow to much of Jesus…mostly the church it seems. Jesus never intended for us to be comfortable.
    Jesus is dangerous…people do not get this…he is revolution…peace…division…love…all wrapped into one. Jesus stands in defiance against the American Way…we consume…consume…consume…from sweat shops…or what ever else. the systems of injustice are so prevalent that we seem to ignore them..Jesus did not ignore the systems of injustice in his day…he called them out for what they were…we do not. Jesus is not welcome in the church…Jesus is found on the street..sleeping. We spend to much time trying to rediscover him…just go to the local homeless shelter…you will find him.

    I also believe we spend way to much time worrying about numbers…but that is for another rant.

  2. Jeremy Gross says:

    Sadly, much of the comments made by Tony Morgan are all too true. It is the reason we, as the church, has a difficult time sharing our faith. People have the perception of who we are. Whether this perception is fact of fiction, perception is reality. It is easy for a person outside the church to question if they even see anything beneficial from the church at all. Sadly, this perception did not happen over night and it will take even longer to change it back.

  3. […] or Fiction Response 18 12 2008 First, if you have yet to read my previous post entitled: Fact or Fiction? I would ask you to do so before you read my response to that post. If you have already read it […]

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