Why Are So Many Christians Fake?

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Christians start out pretty much like everyone else. We’re sometimes nice, at other times surly. We’re often selfish, angry, and egotistical…sometimes kind and generous. The good news is that somewhere along the way God begins the process of transforming us so that we’re more like Jesus. Considering the kind of person Jesus was, that sounds great…but the bad news is that until God gets well into the transformation process a person is often remarkably similar to what he was before he became a Christian. That’s often not so great.

So: what do we do in the meantime? Well, fortunately for us, God gave us some instructions. The Bible tells us pretty plainly how to be more Christlike:

…put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts”.

Romans 13:14

And that’s not all…there’s more! Not only are we supposed to ‘put on Christ’, we’re also supposed to put on humility:

You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another….

1 Peter 5:5

We’re also supposed to put on something called ‘the new self’:

“…be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth”.

Ephesians 4:23-24

And there’s a bit more:

Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him…”.

Colossians 3:9

And, we’re told to put on:

You get the picture. We’re supposed to “put on” a whole bunch of things. In essence, we’re supposed to act like Jesus until we become like Jesus. There’s an old saying: “the clothes make the man”. The general idea is that what you wear affects how you feel about yourself…and that by dressing like the person you want to be you will act like that person and eventually become that person. When the Bible tells us to “put on” those things, it’s saying that we should act like Jesus. If we act like Jesus acted we will eventually become like Him.

Many non-Christians consider Jesus to have been a virtuous man. As Christians, our goal should be to be viewed in the same way. One last Bible verse…1 John 4:12: No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us”. If we act like Jesus acted we become an example of what God is like. So, the next time you feel like just being yourself…don’t.


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2 responses to “Why Are So Many Christians Fake?”

  1. Gwin says:

    Question: Jesus didn’t have a job, a home, a wife, children or a mortgage, student loans or medical bills. He knew where he came from and where he was going. How is that at all like being one of us?

    • Tony says:

      Gwin:

      You’ve raised a good question. The article above says that we should act like Jesus…but how can we do what Jesus would do if He was never in our shoes? Fortunately, we can read a lot about what Jesus said and did, and what His disciples taught, and use that as a guide. If we look closely, we will see over-arching principles to apply in virtually every situation we might face. Here are a few:

      • If we love our neighbors as ourselves and consider others better than ourselves, we solve many of our human relationship problems.
      • If we give to Caesar (the government) what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God, we have a pretty fair idea of how to be a good citizen.
      • If we seek God’s approval rather than man’s, we know how to keep our egos in check.
      • If we confess our sins, walk in the light, and abide in Him, our relationship with God will be great.

      I think you get the picture I’m trying to paint. We don’t have to have all of the tiny details laid out for us, because we have big, huge principles to live by. The fact that Jesus had no student loans doesn’t mean we’re in the dark about how we should live. Unfortunately, many Christians don’t spend much time asking themselves about how Jesus would act. For example, any of us have been abused by people who call themselves Christian but don’t take following Jesus very seriously. I know I’ve seen plenty of that. You may have experienced similar things as well.

      One of my goals as a teacher and church leader is to help people understand the difference between what they think Christians should do and what Jesus actually did. I’m not perfect, of course…but Jesus was. Nobody has to look at my track record for inspiration. We have a template to follow, and – in my opinion – Christians should consider Jesus’ example to be binding.

      There’s a classic book that you might find helpful. It’s called In His Steps by Charles Sheldon. It’s one of the best-selling books of all time, and it’s popular for a very good reason. It explores the very question you’ve asked: what would Jesus do if He were in my shoes? I can’t recommend it highly enough.

      Let me know if there’s anything more I can do for you.

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