What if the World Were Entirely Christian?

Earlier today I was google-searching, attempting to find the source of a specific C.S. Lewis quote. Somehow, as I was doing so, I stumbled upon this Yahoo Answers site.

The question posed was this: “What would life and the Earth be like if everyone was of Christian belief?” There are two pages of answers, but the first that caught my attention was this: “I’d jump off a bridge.”

Part of me wanted to laugh because it was rather witty. Part of me wanted to slam my fists on the desk in anger because it frustrates me that so many people have a misunderstanding of Christianity. Part of me wanted to weep because whoever gave that answer has rejected Christ.

There were other interesting comments as well (for the record, typos are not mine, I’ve just cut and pasted – you can read the rest here).

“Probably fight amongst one another regarding who is a true christian and which form of Christianity is correct.”

“Not much different than it is now really.”

“Like it was in Europe in the Middle Ages when everyone was christian – full of psuedo-scientific superstition, torture, inquisition, burning witches and total religionist idiocy.”

“Scary.”

“Completely boring.”

“A bunch of brainwashed losers.” (FYI, this person’s avatar was named “The Godly Atheist.” I don’t know what that means)

“Living HELL.”

Each of these individuals has rejected Christ for one reason or another. Certainly an explanation for those reasons can be found in Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 1:18 – “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Many people are not going to get it, it will always seem like foolishness to them.

And yet, we Christians bear some blame, right? Like it or not, people judge the merits and loveliness of Christ based upon the lives of his followers. If Christian means “little Christ” and so many Christians act so badly, is it any wonder so many people reject him?

People think that Christians are anti-homosexual, judgmental, hypocritical, old-fashioned, boring, insensitive, narrow-minded, brainwashed, unintelligent, and even anti-technology.

Is this wholly true? No, of course not. But have certain Christians, or for that matter every Christian, displayed some of those characteristics to one degree or another at times? You better believe it.

We’ve been judgmental and harsh and hypocritical, when we’re supposed to be salt and light (Matthew 5). We’ve been insensitive and boring, when we’re supposed to be carrying a recognizably different hope and spirit (1 Peter 3:15).

A few closing thoughts.

First, if you haven’t read it or listened to the sermon series The Crossing did on it, check out unChristian. It describes the way non-Christians see Christians. It’s convicting. And terribly sad. We have some work to do, as a church, in changing the perspective of people. A well read author once told this story –

“At last I asked if she had ever thought of going to a church for help. I will never forget the look of pure, naive shock that crossed her face. ‘Church!’ she cried. ‘Why would I ever go there? I was already feeling terrible about myself. They’d just make me feel worse.'”

He then comments –

“The worse a person felt about herself, the more likely she saw Jesus as a refuge. Has the church lost that gift? Evidently the down-and-out, who flocked to Jesus when he lived on earth, no longer feel welcome among his followers.”

Second, Francis Schaeffer wrote a book entitled The Mark of the Christian. He points us to Jesus in John 13:34-35 – “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

People will judge the validity of Christianity based upon the love and lives of his followers. May that be a sobering reminder to us.

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