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Jesus said in John 13:34-35, “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”
Christianity was never supposed to be about do's and don'ts; the Jews already had that covered. To be Christ like - a Christian - is to live under grace, loving each other and our enemies, as Jesus modeled it for us. Christians are human. Becoming a Christian doesn't make a person perfect all of a sudden. This becomes a double edged sword.
Edge one - Christians still screw up and regularly. Churches aren't social clubs, or at least shouldn't be. Churches are more like hospitals where the broken go for healing. But the former tends to be the case more often than not. For this reason, many Christians cover up their own brokenness and put on airs of perfection. Bad on all of us for doing so.
Edge two - non-Christians associate Christianity with perfection. In this mind set there is absolutely no tolerance for hypocrisy, in any shade. With regards to the way many professing Christians handle there own sin, it is no wonder Christianity is earning a bad name.
I am a Christian, not because I have any grasp on what it means to be perfect, but because I recognize my extreme lack and my need for a Savior. Because Jesus first loved me, I have the responsibility to show that same love to both my friend and, more importantly, my enemy. I can't say, "I love God" and then hate my enemy, else I am a liar (1 John 4:19).
+1 Mango. Not sure this can be conveyed more clearly or honestly.
I assure you, as a non-Christian, I in no way associate Christianity with perfection.
It's a straw man, ergo, that the media and Hollywood puts up in an effort to paint Christians as strident bigots, racists, hypocrites, etc.
When, it really it is a deceptive tool whose objective is to weaken Christianity by shaming the faithful into accepting un-Christlike behavior as Christian or to turn believers away in general—endlessly preying on the weak of mind.
It's demagoguery and it's used relentlessly by those who seek destroy any sense of adherence to a standard of morals .
I don't find that anyone is doing this: "those who seek destroy any sense of adherence to a standard of morals".
Our society is always changing, and we have a more ethical set of morals than those of the bible.
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