I am a Christian. My husband and I attend a church regularly. Our kids are involved in the children's classes. I honestly strive to be a better person, to be a better follower of Christ. But, at this moment, I am struggling with "Sunday Christians." My husband and I dub "Sunday Christians" as the folks in the front rows of the church waving their hands and dancing around. They are the ones putting on a good show for the pastoral staff . They nod their heads and whisper "Yes, Jesus" during the prayers. Yet, these seemingly perfect Christians leave their praises and fanfare in their seats when they leave. They are devout Christians for the hour they spend at church on Sundays and they spend the rest of the week giving Christians a bad name. It is as if their alter egos emerge the moment they walk out the church doors.
Do "Sunday Christians" think they are entitled to behave a certain way because they are "saved?" As they trudge through their week do they think, "Aw, this doesn't matter. I will ask for forgiveness at church on Sunday?"
I recently witnessed a fellow Christian attempt to sit with a group of "Sunday Christian's" at a potluck. This person was new to this particular group. He went out to where the men had gathered to sit and eat and talk about things with engines. The group did not part and allow this new person a place at their table. They did not acknowledge that he existed. This person stood there...with his plate of food...wanting a seat that was never offered. Eventually he left and ate alone where I joined him.
This infuriates me! How can a person call themselves a Christian and yet treat another person so poorly? Why do so many Christians flaunt that title like it makes them better than everyone else on the planet? Why do they treat non-Christians like demons that need to be saved? Can't they see that their actions make the slightest notion of becoming a Christian undesirable? I mean seriously. Think about if I sprouted off foul language; thought my friends and I were an exclusive club that only a select few could join; believed that I could behave however I wanted because I am "saved"; gossiped about anyone and everyone...if this was me and I was your example of a Christian isn't it likely that you would say "No thank you!"
Actions matter! It doesn't matter how many Bible verses you can recite. You must behave "Christ-like" to be a true Christian. We all falter. We all stumble. We are sinful creatures. But, we have the handbook...the Bible. We have the ability to learn and grow and become better people and better examples of Christians.
I am not perfect. I am not the best example of Christian living. But, I try. I try daily to be a better person. I pray with my husband and our children. I can't recite many Bible verses but I know a few. I really believe that actions speak louder than words. I think behaving like a Christian is more powerful that declaring oneself as one.

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scarr...
Jun. 3, 2008 at 5:43 PM You said it right girl. I have felt this way for a long time. I have seen to many times that bad Christians happen to good people....very unfortunate!

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blg119
Jun. 3, 2008 at 5:44 PM I couldn't agree with you more. I was once one of those, "gotta go to church on Sunday to impress others." Not anymore. I was saved last year and how GREAT HE is! I strive to be a godly woman in all areas of my life.

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offic...
Jun. 3, 2008 at 5:44 PM I couldn't agree more! My pet peeve exactly!!

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scoob...
Jun. 3, 2008 at 5:47 PM its nice to hear this from a christian!

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count...
Jun. 3, 2008 at 5:51 PM I know what you mean!!!  At the church I use to go to we had several "Sunday Christians".  One day we were at an old fashion service and one of the "Sunday Christians" came up to me, in front of my kids, and told me I was going to hell because I allowed one of my family members to be gay!  This made me so mad!  Who was he to say where my soul would go and what business was it of his.  Yes, I have a gay family member, no I don't agree with it, but it is his life and he seems happy.  It wasn't long after that, that I quit going to that church.  Just because you go to church on day a week doesn't mean that you are a good Christian.  You were in the right for going and joining that man for dinner.  I would like to think I would do the same.  Jesus doesn't have groups to hang out with, he hangs with us all.

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jenny...
Jun. 3, 2008 at 6:20 PM You know that Paul speaks alot on this subject throught out the new testiment.  He as well as Christ, which is in him,  about the pharisees (so called Christians)  who treat the rich as if they are better.  Christ says it is better to poor.  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven!  That man who talks of engines will have a seatat the foot of CHRIST!  Those who make it a groupy thing do the work of satan trying to get fellow CHRISTIANS to not desire to worship . . . .go at the defense of the poor man next time,  ask them if their actions are that of Christ or rather of Satan?  Remember that the spiritual war has no boundaries . . . Phillipians is a wonderful book, as well all the rest,  but don't ever hesitate to  the example to them and embrace those that the rich reject for God our Father WILL reward you and others WILL see the light of JESUS shine through you and good always prevails!!  P.S.  Remember the law states to Remember the Sabbath day,  six days shalt thy labour and do all thy work but he SEVENTH day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God!!  Even Christ rested in tthe tomb over the Sabbath . . .He rose on sunday.  In the end times , which are at hand we will have to make a choice or be persecuted. .  . Go to church on sunday like they say we must or suffer imprisonment if we don't.  Sunday is and always has been since the begining the first day of the week,  talk to your husband , maybe you will find that Sabbath keeping actually is important and feels better, afterall it is a commandment of God, and was to be held sacred by all , even Christ.  satan changed the view through putting thoughts into the religion he caused the majority of the world to break aGods law and still people say Oh it doesn't matter what day we go to church just as long as we go!! . . . . .Then why did GOD command it!  Beware of these things for in the end the greatest sins is to deny Christ . . . . there are many ways to do this . . . . With love and respect,  please respond ~me   Open to discuss. 

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oneze...
Jun. 3, 2008 at 11:59 PM

Great post! I completely agree with you. If you don't live it every day, you aren't really living it at all.

Yeah, we all make mistakes or slip into bad habits or make bad decisions. But the "Sunday Christians" you describe are the ones that have always left a bad taste in my mouth for organized religion. I know too many of them who don't walk the walk but are quite sure they are better than everyone else because of the hour they spend in church every week. Pfft. I don't think so. It's what you do every day that tells who you really are.

Thank goodness I know people like YOU - people who really LIVE what they believe - or I might just lose faith in people all together. :)

I don't know if I've ever told you, but I have always admired and respected your inate "goodness". Seriously. You are one of the most kind and moral people I know. I look up to you for that!

Now, because I am a total quote junkie:

"I believe that the practice of compassion and love - a genuine sense of brotherhood and sisterhood - is the universal religion. It does not matter whether you are Buddhist, Christian, Muslim or Hindu, or whether you practice religion at all. What matters is your feeling of oneness with humankind." ~ H.H. the Dalai Lama

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attor...
Jun. 4, 2008 at 12:25 AM Great post! You sort of remind me of my bffirl :)

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jenny...
Jun. 4, 2008 at 1:50 AM Why does my message say delete on it?

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athimom
Jun. 4, 2008 at 8:17 AM

Like a tootsie roll lollipop...you can be sweet on the outside like every other lollipop, but it's much better to have the chewy, sweet, chocolaty center!

Very nice post!

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