If I am not reflecting God’s love in everything I do, everything I say and everything I think, I am not emulating my Lord and Savior. However, I do realize that I will never be a perfect example of Christ, but it does give me an opportunity to grow each and every day and strive to achieve more. So every day I have to ask myself, if someone saw me doing this, or heard me say that, or knew what I was thinking, what kind of picture would that paint of what a Christian is? Am I really reflecting the love of Jesus Christ in my life?
After all, there is a reason that the world looks at Christians as hypocrites, just look at the statistics, of those inside the church who are dealing with pornography, affairs, divorce, alcoholism, etc. the % is almost exactly the same as those outside of the church.
This brings me back to an earlier blog post about those that “consider” themselves Christian. The statistics say that 78% of Americans consider themselves Christian, yet only about:
• 33% of Americans believe the Bible is true
• 20% of Americans regularly attend church
• 2% of Americans tithe
So when we look at the statistics of Christian vs. Non-Christian, I have to question the definition of Christian.
However there are some powerful numbers that show there is a difference between those who label themselves as a Christian and those who are truly being a follower of Jesus Christ (do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourself, do what it says – James 1:22):
• Divorce rate among those who regularly attend church is 38% compared to the national average of 50% – And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near – Hebrews 10:25
• Divorce among those who pray together daily is less than 1% compared to the national average of 50% – Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. – James 5:16
• 53% of Very Happy Couples agree with the statement, “God is at the center of our marriage” (compared to 7% of Struggling Couples). – Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. – Matthew 22:36-37
And a statistic that we should all be paying attention to:
• 82% of the unchurched were at least somewhat likely to attend church if invited – Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
So why don’t we stand together, invite the 58% of the Christians that don’t regularly attend church and all of the unchurched (you have great odds) and really live out our God given mission, Let’s Change the World!