"Sometimes when jerks become Christians, it's like a bully learning karate. Instead of having Christ transform our hearts and attitudes, we now have a new method with which to beat you up...what was once just 'forcing everyone to agree with my opinion' is now 'forcing everyone to agree with my opinion in the name of God.'" ~ Jon Acuff
The latest Barna survey reports that most born again Christians live just like the rest of the world lives. The divorce rates for Christians are the same, infidelity rates are the same, most Christians don't pay their bills on time or tithe their income or give any more to charities than anyone else, etc. The survey makes it appear that born again Christians are no more moral or loving or generous than the rest of society! Why would anyone want to be a Christian?
I have said it time and again - no change, no new birth. The problem with the Barna survey (and others like it) is that they are surveying people who are confessing born again believers. Anyone can confess they have been born again - show me the change, show me the fruit! Surveys rely on people being honest and actually knowing what they're talking about when they answer. A lot of people think that because they believe God exists that means they are Christians. And a lot of people really don't know what it means to be 'born again'. Going to the altar, being baptized and attending church does not necessarily mean you have been born from above. Being birthed by the Holy Spirit changes a person; it changes their desires, their attitude, their whole lives! It's not that they're immediately made perfect or made impervious to temptation, but there is a definite change that can be seen. The person will continue to change as they allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify them.
When a jerk is born again, he or she will stop being a jerk as the Holy Spirit convicts them of their sins and gives them the will and the power to change. When a jerk becomes religious, he or she will become like Mr. Acuff states - like a bully learning karate. They will pick and choose the scriptures that, at least in their minds, justify their opinions. The Word of God won't be to them a seed to sow, but a bat to swing.