One of the biggest gripes I hear from atheists, agnostics, and everyone in between towards Christians is that our walk and our talk don’t tell them same story. They have the integrity to call out the inconsistency in our lives that is obvious to them, but oblivious to us.
We really should stick to watching our own bobbers, so to speak. Insight and self-awareness are something we should mutually strive for.
I usually don’t give too much time or attention to the opinions of those whom I don’t know, but I think it’s worth paying attention to.
I know that I can be inconsistent in my faith. For example, my relationship with God can often be more intellectual than intimate. My love for people can grow cold. I can be incredibly selfish.
I’ve pointed these facts out to people who don’t believe in God like I do, they appreciate the honesty, but seldom have I seen them acknowledge their own inconsistency.
Maybe that’s not even the point?
Maybe it’s an opportunity to look at ourselves through the eyes of others. I want to follow the example of Christ in all I think, say, and do. I’m not performing for their approval, nor am I people pleasing. My only desire is to live consistently so I can be a shining example of living free to those who are still bound.
Pastor Jeremy E.