Matthew Paul Turner posted the screen-shot above on his often embarrassing but usually funny website JesusNeedsNewPR.net I suppose he just did a simple search and waited for Google to fill in the blanks.
This is painful to look at. But, based on my experience, it might be an accurate snapshot of reality. When you ask unchurched people their impression of Christians, the words found in the Google search above are some of the most common ones you hear. Sadly, you rarely hear the same words that people in scripture used to describe Christ.
So, if you are a Christ-follower, what impressions do people have of you? What would your neighbors or co-workers say? And as a parent, are you helping your kids to realize that they are giving a snapshot of Christ in how they act, what they say, and in the very trajectory of their lives?
The screen-shot above might be a reason that more and more people are saying that they "love Jesus, but not the church." As followers of Christ, we must all make it our prayer and ambition to give the world an accurate picture of who Jesus is. No, we won't be perfect, but we must try. Ephesians 5:1 suggests that it's possible. So why do we assume it's not?
Heavy thoughts for a Friday...