If you were arrested for being a Christian, would they have enough evidence to convict you?

Christians living Right, Christians shouldn't look the same as non-Christians
A question worth pondering. Have we spent enough time with Jesus? Acts 4:13

If you were arrested for being a Christian, would they have enough evidence to convict you?(1)

Studies show that evangelical Christians are similar to non-Christians in regard to "rates of divorce, premarital sex, domestic violence and use of pornography, and are actually more likely to hold racist views than other people."(2)

This is hugely disappointing, but what about the Christians who do the right things and live moral lives? Is there anything to distinguish them from moral non-Christians? 

What about you? Do your neighbors, friends, and co-workers know you love Jesus?

Shouldn't being "in Christ" be an obvious part of the impression we leave on others?

"When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." Acts 4:13 

What a compliment ... for people to note that we have been with Jesus. I want that ... don't you?

(1) This question was the title of a song by Gary Paxton in the early 1970's.
(2) Why Christians Are Losing Their Saltiness.

Why not take a few minutes and do the Bite Size Bible Study on this devotion. Using Scripture verses (whole text included) answer the question: "What are some of the things that should mark the lives of Believers?"

2 comments:

  1. May I just disagree on one point. "Studies show that evangelical Christians are similar to non-Christians in regard to..." (then follows a list of sinful behaviors. Well, one of those studies, maybe the most famous, was conducte by George Barna. It has a serious methodological flaw - "born again Christians" are those who self reported as such... big deal! Christ said that now all who say "Lord, Lord!" will enter the Kingdom, but those who obey Him. My point is, the so called "evangelical Christians" are an extremely heterogeneous group. Of course,true believers do also fall into temptation (David in the OT will asure you), but certainly NOT in rates "similar to" non Christians. The problem seems to be equating "born again Christians" to "evangelical Christians". I do understand the point you want to make. We HAVE to be different. But using the Barna statistics is neither scientific nor theologically fair.

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    1. Your point is a good one, João. All studies are based on the honesty and understanding of the participants.

      I feel like my experiences in the American Church would support the Barna statistics. But,as you say, not all who call themselves Christians are genuine.

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