Atheists & other enemies of God ((“Enemies of God” is used in the genericized sense that everyone who is not with Christ is against Him; the phrase is wholly biblical — James 4:4.)) often make light of the hypocrisy of so many Christians — myself certainly included — for claiming that the Bible is “the Word of God” while ignoring so many of its commands. ((The Sermon on the Mount and the practical advice of the Book of James come to mind.))
Fair enough, but I wonder if those outside of Jesus’ camp realize just how much more they’d hear the message of Jesus preached if every one of His followers preached it as much as the Scriptures seem to call them. Paul, for example, faced intense persecution and was thrown out of cities after having been beaten for preaching, after which he picked himself back up and went back into the town to preach some more!
If you want all Christians to practice what they preach and to repent of their hypocrisy, then that is fantastic — every Christian should want that as well! But would the same unbelievers be happy with a world full of 1 billion or so Paul the Apostles?
This is the first entry in the new “Thoughts” category which will feature mostly short posts on various subjects that are more observational or rhetorical in nature.