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
* 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.