Many people have developed the perception that Christians are hypocrites. I wonder why:
- Churched Christians give away an average of about 3 percent of
their income in a typical year- and feel pleased at their "sacrificial"
- Fewer than one out of every ten churched Christians donates at
least 10 percent of their income to churches and other nonprofit
organizations. (More than one-third claim to do so.)
- When asked to explain their understanding of biblical stewardship,
less than one out of every twenty includes resources such as time,
relationships, ideas, or skills in their assessment.
- In a typical week, only one out of every four believers will
allocate some time to serving other people. Most of that time is
dedicated to volunteering in church programs that serve congregants;
little effort is invested in serving needy people outside the
- Most churched Christians admit to having seen homeless or hurting
people in their community or travels during the past year; a very small
percentage says they interacted with any of those disadvantaged people.
- The typical believer would rather give money to an organization to
allow it to do good deeds in society than personally assist in
alleviating the needs of disadvantaged people.
- Fewer than one out of every six churched believers has a
relationship with another believer through which accountability is
The biweekly attendance at worship services is, by believer's own admission, the only time they worship God.
Eight out of every ten believers do not feel they have entered into the presence of God, or experienced a connection with Him, during the worship service.
Half of all believers say they do not feel they have entered into the presence of God or experienced a genuine connection with Him during the past year.
Only one out of four churched believers says that when they worship God, they expect Him to be the primary beneficiary of their worship. (Most people say they expect to get the most from the experience).
The typical churched believer will die without leading a single person to a lifesaving knowledge of and relationship with Jesus Christ.
At any given time, a majority of believers do not have a specific person in mind for whom they are praying in the hope that the person will be saved.
Most churched Christians believe that since they are not gifted in evangelism, such outreach is not a significant responsibility of theirs.
Only nine percent of all born-again adults have a biblical worldview (i.e. believe in the traditional tenants of Christian faith). The other 91 percent of born-again adults possess a patchwork of theological views and rarely rely upon those perspectives to inform their daily decisions.
When asked what constitutes success in life, few believers define success in spiritual terms. Most describe outcomes related to professional achievement, family solidarity, physical accomplishments, or resource acquisition.
When given the opportunity to state how they want to be known by others, fewer than one out of ten believers mentioned descriptions that reflect their relationship with God.
A large majority of churched believers rely upon their church, rather than their family to train their children to become spiritually mature.
In an average month, fewer than one out of every ten churched families worships together outside of a church service; just a few pray together, other than at mealtimes; and the same minimal numbers study the Bible together at home or work together to address the needs of disadvantaged people in their community.
The likelihood of a married couple who are born-again churchgoers getting divorced is the same as couples who are not disciples of Jesus.
Apart from church-based programs, the typical Christian family spends less than three hours per month in endeavors designed to jointly develop or apply their faith.
Most Christian parents do not believe they are doing a good job at facilitating the spiritual development of their children.
* adapted from Barna, George. Revolution: Finding Vibrant Faith Beyond the Walls of the Sanctuary. (Carol Stream, IL: Barna/Tyndale House Publishers), 31-35
** hypocrite image taken from northernsun.