Yep, people have their reasons for rejecting Christ, and yes, some of it may be our fault. One of my prayers is I don’t cause shame to the Lord with my lifestyle or behavior. I don’t want to be the reason someone rejects Christianity. I’ll bet it happens often. Folks see us and think, “No thanks.” When I do live “messy,” it reflects negatively on the faith. It also renders the consequences I don’t want. How we, as Christians, behave is one of the reasons people reject Christ.
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Don’t be one of the reasons people reject Christ.
Someone who rejects Christianity may do so because of the way Christians live and act.
I know we are not the only factor in people rejecting Christianity. In fact, The Christian Post says there are other reasons, like when God doesn’t answer people’s prayers the way they wanted him to answer them. I’ll bet there are tons of other reasons, too.
Anyway, I don’t want to be one of the reasons someone rejects Christianity. That whole line of thinking prompted me to write this blog post: “Reasons people reject Christ.”
What does it mean to reject Christ?
I think to reject Christ is to consciously and willfully choose not to accept Him as the Savior and Lord of one’s life.
It goes beyond a simple lack of belief; it involves a deliberate decision to turn away from the message of salvation and the redemptive work of Christ. This rejection can manifest in various ways, such as dismissing or denying His divinity, purposefully refusing to follow His teachings, or actively choosing a path that is contrary to the principles of the Christian faith.
It is a big spiritual decision with eternal consequences. Salvation can be found by accepting Christ’s sacrifice for sin.
Reasons people use for reasons people reject Christ
There are myriad reasons why individuals may choose not to embrace Christianity.
Some may be influenced by personal experiences that have led them to question the existence of a benevolent higher power, while others might grapple with philosophical or theological concepts that seem incongruent with their understanding of the world.
Still, these people don’t understand what will cure the common cold or why a brown cow produces white milk. Yet, they feel wise enough to answer the question of whether God exists.
Additionally, cultural influences, differing worldviews, or exposure to alternative belief systems can play a significant role.
Past negative encounters with organized religion, concerns about the apparent hypocrisy of some followers (like I mentioned), or intellectual objections to specific doctrines may also contribute to hesitation.
I think it is crucial to approach these reasons and people with empathy and respect for their perspectives, fostering open dialogue and understanding rather than judgment. God can touch hearts. We just need to be light.
Now, let me speak to the non-Christians and address the reasons they may not accept Jesus.
Reason #1: “Christians are all messed up themselves. Why should I follow Jesus Christ?
My answer: Girl, I agree!!!! I am a ‘hot mess’ with and without the Holy Spirit’s convicting power and His Word’s power. Honestly, I’m still a little of a mess with Him living inside me. Yet, nothing like I was without Him. 🙂
I get better day by day.
See, as the Holy Spirit gives me the power to walk in authority over sin, I grow stronger in Him. I don’t ‘mess up’ as much. I am no longer a slave to sin; instead, I am more than a conqueror. I find that I don’t do what I used to do; I don’t say what I used to say, and I have hope and peace I never had before!
The Word of God and the Holy Spirit are valuable tools for victory over sin.
Tools only work when you use them.
Here’s an example: imagine you lost an important document on a computer because you didn’t save it.
You could go around saying, “Don’t use computers! They don’t work!” The reality is that you didn’t work the computer.
It’s the same with Christianity.
You have to work the resources properly to live victoriously. Christians who don’t spend regular time with the Lord tend to do “messed up” things. Simple as that.
I can’t help but admit it…
I recognize some Christians have given God a bad “rep.” By “rep,” I mean reputation.
Hey, I’m one of them.
Yes, you may have seen Christians regularly curse, be hateful, and act crazy without apologizing or repenting.
I’m sorry you witnessed that. The lesson for you is to keep your eyes on Jesus Christ and who He is in scripture.
Girl, don’t focus on people and what they do because people will fail you every time.
Why? Because they (like you) are all messed up!
Especially when they don’t work the tools Jesus gave us to live victoriously!
We ALL need the Savior to make us whole in these “flesh and blood” bodies.
The good news is that you CAN be made whole in Him. You won’t be perfect, but you will be whole.
You can beat that addiction and master that sinful habit.
Keep your eyes on the Author and Finisher of your faith – not me, him or her and you’ll be just fine.
Don’t reject what could be the best thing to ever happen to you because of struggling Christians. None are perfect. But all are striving. Try Jesus and watch your life be better than ever…if you work the tools.
Reason #2: “Christianity is a crutch; it’s for weak people.”
Lots of folks reject Christianity because they think they are strong (in their own head) and don’t need God all up in their business. This is one of the most popular reasons people reject Christ, in my opinion.
Okay. First of all, let’s chat about what a crutch does. A crutch is a resource used to support someone with a weakness or injury that prevents full functionality.
Get where I’m going? I’ll bet you do.
With that said, they’re exactly right about [us Christians] needing a crutch. Would they be honest enough to admit they need one, too? I doubt it.
We, as human beings, are incredibly frail, feeble creatures. We require (and long for) the sort of supernatural stability and support that only God can supply.
Here’s how it plays out: in order to be truly strong, we must rely on and trust in God completely. We’re designed to need Him. That’s why so many people feel an “emptiness” when He is absent.
It takes nerve and faith to be a Christian. Only a chump will reject Christianity.
Christians are not punks.
Many people lack the courage to believe in things they cannot see or touch. However, they breathe air daily which cannot be seen or touched. They will take a pill given by someone they have never met – just because that person is wearing a white coat.
We are nothing without our “Crutch,” and those who reject Christ are even less. No way around it. Read John 15:5 below:
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Without the energizing power of Jesus, you are destined to stumble through life saying, “There’s just something missing” and asking, “What is it?” It’s because you’re designed to crave Him!
Many people mistakenly assume money or something else will satisfy that worrisome void – but it doesn’t.
For example, they may try one relationship after another to feel fulfilled – that doesn’t work either.
Then some try personal achievement to remedy that enduring emptiness – but they are soon disappointed too. Who will reject Christianity when they know they have been weak without Him?Christianity IS a crutch. ALL humans bear weakness, we are just smart enough to know Where our help comes from. Click To Tweet
In history, countless millionaires admitted money doesn’t fulfill the lingering void of humanity. Even after they accumulate massive wealth, they still find something is lacking. Something is missing.
Imagine that…with all the money, power, or fame, their lives still need “something” else. Well, that “something” is Jesus Christ—no way around it.
A crutch doesn’t make you weak; it helps you be strong!
Not long ago, I updated this article. Since I first wrote it, I’ve recovered from a broken foot. Girl…I realized the value of a crutch during those days.
The crutches were designed to be a source of support for me when I couldn’t manage on my own. Without the crutch, I couldn’t get around. I could move from one place to another.
Recognize Jesus is your Crutch!
This “thing” inside you yearning for a rich, fulfilling life is Jesus beckoning you. Some are just too dense to know it.
Like any crutch, He will help you manage the stresses and pangs of life. He will help you get to where you want to be and where you need to be in His time.
Christian woman, everyone needs someone some time.
Everyone needs to rely on something or someone for stability. Support and the ability to move from one place to the next is what Jesus offers.
Yeah, He is all that for you. He will be your Navigator to help you reach a place of satisfaction and contentment in your dry, tired life.
There will be times in your life when you will need that crutch, too.
Someone you love will die, and you will need a Crutch.
Your marriage will test your patience, and you’ll call on your Crutch, Jesus.
Your children may break your heart, and you will reach for your heavenly Crutch.
Disappointment, illness, financial problems, and heartbreak are all Crutch-worthy too!
You need Him.
Especially when something inhibits your functionality, as my broken foot did to me, life can really knock you on your tush. You will need a crutch. I promise you will. The question is, will your crutch be a permanent or eternal solution?
So, yep, Christianity is for weak people – just like you and me.
I proudly admit my weaknesses apart from Him. I needed a Savior back when I accepted Him, and I still need one every second of my day! Honest people admit that they do too!
Accept Him; invite Him into your life and watch Him blow your mind, beautiful Christian Woman!
“Never work just for money or for power.
They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.”
Marian Wright Edelman
Reason #3: “Hey, I grew up in church, which makes me a Christian.”
As a little girl, our house had a garage. I had to use the garage to leave my house. Mom didn’t let us use the front door because we had to go through her nice living room.
Day in and day out, I would go down the stairs and exit through the garage. I did it daily. It was part of my life, but that doesn’t make me a Buick, now does it? Nor does going to church as a child make you a Christian.
Growing up in church means little—very little, actually.
How we were raised doesn’t matter at all. What does matter is where our relationship with Christ is NOW – TODAY!
When a person uses this excuse, it’s a way of rationalizing his/her own doubts about their faith.
True Christianity is about having a personal relationship with Christ and living out His teachings. It goes beyond attending religious services and requires a genuine internal transformation. Church participation is helpful, but the key indicator of a sincere Christian faith is embodying love, compassion, and humility in everyday life. Faith and living by Christ’s teachings distinguish a genuine Christian experience from mere religious observance.
That whole church “when I was a kid” thing is dangerous because it gives a false sense of security. Be careful of it.
Jesus said that those who claim to be Christians but do not truly recognize Him as the head of their life will not be known by Him.
We must know Him, serve Him, and be convinced of our solid relationship with Him. (Read Mathew 7: 21-29 below.)
Know where you stand …NOW.
Personally speaking, my grandmother was a Christian and instilled many Godly practices into my life. Still, I had to come to Jesus for myself. Christianity is not hereditary. We don’t just get to pass salvation down to the next. Each dude or dudette must make her own decision.
Mathew 7: 21-29
True and False Disciples
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
Scriptures that popped in my head as I
thought about why people don’t turn To Christ.
15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Be a Christian!
Why not take advantage of the transformative power of grace, forgiveness, and the unconditional love of Jesus Christ?
He doesn’t care who you are or what you’ve done. He loves you as you are! Here is how to become a Christian. You don’t have to do them all at once! Christianity is a gradual process. If I had to pick the most important, it would be finding a good church and attending. Tell people you’re a new Christian and open your heart.
Becoming a Christian involves a personal journey of faith and a commitment to following the teachings of Jesus Christ. Here are some general steps to consider:
Understand the Gospel:
Learn about the core message of Christianity, known as the Gospel. This includes understanding that Jesus is the Son of God, that He lived a sinless life, died for our sins, and rose again, providing a way for salvation.
Read the Bible:
Dive into the Bible. Start with the book of John. It is in the New Testament, which focuses on the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Then, hit up the other Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) to provide a detailed account of His life.
Develop a personal prayer life. Prayer is a way to communicate with God, express your thoughts and feelings, and seek guidance. It’s an essential aspect of building a relationship with Him.
Repentance and Acceptance:
Acknowledge your need for forgiveness and salvation. Repentance involves turning away from a life without God and turning towards Him. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, believing in His redemptive work.
Attend a Church:
Find a local Christian church where you can worship, learn, and fellowship with other believers. Being part of a church community provides support, guidance, and opportunities for spiritual growth.
Baptism is a symbolic act representing the cleansing of sin and identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s an important step in publicly declaring your faith.
Follow Christ’s Teachings:
Strive to live according to the teachings of Jesus. This includes loving God and others, practicing forgiveness, showing compassion, and living a life that reflects the values of the Kingdom of God.
Build Relationships with Other Christians:
Surround yourself with fellow believers who can offer support, encouragement, and accountability. Christian community is an integral part of the faith journey.
Continue Learning and Growing:
Christianity is a lifelong journey of learning and growing in faith. Engage in regular Bible study, attend church services, and seek opportunities for spiritual development.
Share Your Faith:
As you grow in your faith, share the message of Christ’s love and salvation with others. Be a living example of the transformative power of a relationship with Jesus.
Again, these are not chronological. Many of them come with time. The first step is accepting Christ into your life. Tell Him now.