Now I know we are not facing anything as bad as the list I gave above, to which we need to just come out and say sorry we were wrong, but we do have things to face. Let me start with just in house things like denomination bashing. I like how Ravi Zacharias put it in one of his open forum talks. Ravi said "unity doesn't mean uniformity." We as a body need to stop trying to make other parts of the body just like us but instead embrace them and make sure we are whole. When we do bashing on each other we cause the world to look and think "they talk about love and unity but look at how they treat each other." (I have heard people say what I just typed in my personal life). We need to be more focused on how we can complement each other rather than how to compete against one another, when we work together we show the world that we are truly his followers (Jhn 13:35). Next is the gospel we preach. I want to say with this point, cause it goes along with my earlier one, that it is important to preach the right gospel. I am not talking about difference in the theology that we may hold I am talking about plain out GOSPEL. See if there is anything preached that takes away from who God is or makes him something he is not then we should lovingly call this out and bring it to the light. If the main focus is not on the overwhelming grace of God through the person of Jesus Christ dying on the cross for the sins of the world then it needs to be dealt with. I do know that there is more in life than just that but we should always make sure that that point always is in front of us. Finally plain old living a holy life. We need to make sure that we are not just making God look bad by the way we live. It is imperative that we as followers of Christ do just that FOLLOW CHRIST and not just by words but in actions too. We must stand firm on the word of God and live a life that causes people not to make fun of God but shows that with God in our life we are better people.
Look we must stop giving ammo to people to walk away from church and God by how we act. It is sad that today alone I was told by a youth at the church that I attend that he has a friend that doesn't like church cause of the hypocrites, the worst part is the kid who said this his dad is the pastor of the church he is talking about. Again I know that statements like those may be excuses to just go do what they want but let me ask you if we are able to take that excuse away shouldn't we? My final thought for us are these: What would it look like if we as believers lived out the bible holistically? Would there be any of these arguments between denominations? Would so many still reject what we preach? Would we finally see a revival in our nation that we have been praying for? What can you and I do better to make God look good?