We’ve all met that one guy that claimed to be a Christian but you wouldn’t know it. If fact, we’ve probably met several people like that. So when we meet someone that ‘had a bad experience’ with faith… they probably didn’t have a bad experience with God, but with someone claiming to have a relationship with God. But just because someone who knows God does something wrong or unjust, does not make God the wrong or unjust one. As Paul puts it, “What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?” (Rom 3:3)
We live in a society where all too often we judge a group of people by a few of its representatives. But an experience with one person from a group does not necessarily represent the group. Even an experience with several people from a group, it not necessarily representative. And an experience with any amount of people should not be representative of Him who created them.
We are constantly reminded that the thousands of Muslim terrorists should not be representative of the millions of Muslims around the world. Yet somehow when it comes to Christianity, people will let an experience with a small handful of bad examples taint their view of Him who created them.
If you have ever had a bad experience with a Christian… take a number. The fact is, although I consider myself a pretty strong Christian who lives out my faith rather consistently… I am quite sure there are some people who have had a bad experience with me. The reason behind this is rather quite simple. We are all broken vessels. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom 3:23)
Although the Creator is perfect, His creations (us) are all broken and sinful as a result of the original sin entering this world through our own free will. Because of this, even the most incredibly strong Christians are bound to make mistakes… and the weaker and newer Christians will make even larger mistakes, more often. But our frequent mistakes should not reflect on our Creator.
A relationship with Christ is a matter of life and death… eternal life and death. A relationship that important should not be impacted by the words or actions of a few other fallen sinners. Don’t let these fallen, mistaken people add more of a chasm between you and Christ. Turn your eyes away from them and onto Him who paid the price for your own sin. Accept that free gift of grace. It will not immediately prevent you from sinning again, but it will free you from the bondage of that sin.
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