Are You a Christian?
Pretense is never attractive. Rarely is a person credible that seeks to convince another of a lifestyle that they do not have. Most phonies are readily obvious. A few that are polished and sophisticated are maybe successful for some period of time, but eventually even the most proficient are exposed as frauds.
From our observations and from the teachings of Jesus, that same façade of spirituality and being a true Christ-follower can be found among those that profess to be Christians.
Matthew 6:2 – So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. Matthew 23:27-28 – “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
Matthew 24:4-5 – And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.” Matthew 15:7-8 – “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.’”
When Mahatma Gandhi was attending university in London, he became almost convinced of the validity of Christianity, seeing it as possibly the one true supernatural religion.
After graduation, he continued to seek evidence that would persuade him to become a committed Christian. When he accepted employment in East Africa, and lived with a family who were members of an evangelical Christian church, he believed this would be his greatest source of evidence for the Christian faith.
Gandhi lived with this family for seven months, but after seeing their causal attitude towards God, hearing them complain about making sacrifices for Christ, and becoming acutely aware of their religious apathy, he became disillusioned.
“No,” he concluded, “Christianity is not the one true, supernatural religion I had hoped to find. A good religion, but just one more of the many religions in the world.”
While the circumstances were vastly different between King Agrippa who heard Paul’s testimony and rejected it, Gandhi, too, was almost persuaded to become a Christian, but didn’t become one because of a Christian’s very poor testimony. (Copied).