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What Non-Christians Really Think About Christians

Thom Rainer of LifeWay Christian Resources recently shared a survey of thousands of unchurched non-Christians. As his team tabulated the results, he came to discover 7 things non-Christians are saying:

1.  Christians are against more things than they are for.  "It just seems to me that Christians are mad at the world and mad at each other.  They are so negative that they seem unhappy. "

2.  I would like to develop a friendship with a Christian.  "I'm really interested in what they believe and how they carry out their beliefs.  I wish I could find a Christian that would be willing to spend some time with me."

3.  I would like to learn about the Bible from a Christian.  "The Bible really fascinates me, but I don't want to go to a stuffy and legalistic church to learn about it.  It would be nice if a Christian invited me to study the Bible in his home or at a place like Starbucks."

4.  I don't see much difference in the way Christians live compared to others.  "I really can't tell what a Christian believes because he doesn't seem much different than other people I know."

5.  I wish I could lean to be a better husband, wife, dad, mom, etc., from a Christian.  "My wife is threatening to divorce me, and I think she means it this time.  My neighbor is a Christian, and he seems to have it together.  I am swallowing my pride and asking him to help me."

6.  Some Christians try to act like they have no problems.  "Harriet works in my department.  She is one of those Christians who seem to have a mask on.  I would respect her more if she didn't put on such an act.  I know better."

7.  I wish a Christian would take me to his or her church.  "I really would like to visit a church, but I'm not particularly comfortable going by myself.  What is weird is that I am 32-years old, and I've never had a Christian invite me to church in my entire life."

Here is Dr. Rainer's summary of the interviews/survey:  "Do you see the pattern?  Non-Christians want to interact with Christians.  They want to see Christians' actions match their beliefs.  They want Christians to be real."

He concludes:  In one study I conducted, we found that only 5% of non-Christians are antagonistic toward Christians.  It's time to stop believing the lies we have been told.  JESUS said it clearly:  "The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few.  Therefore, pray to the LORD of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest (Luke 10:2). " Satan is the author of excuses.  There is no reason to wait to reach those who don't know JESUS CHRIST.  We must go now.  The harvest is waiting.  And the LORD of the harvest has prepared the way.