Calling oneself a Christian nowadays has become another sad cliché. The word Christian is yet another widely misused descriptive word on social media bios.
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Every other Instagram bio has ‘Christ follower’ or ‘God’s child’ or some variation of religious allegiance, but you would be astounded to find out how little the most outspoken ‘Christian’ has in common with their charity-preaching, forgiveness-loving Messiah.
The behaviour of those who think they are Christians or profess to be Christians leaves a lot to be desired. The hypocrisy is glaring. A vast majority of Christians do not represent the Kingdom well on social media. Here are a few types of annoying, hypocritical church folk you cross paths with every day:
Being blessed is the new way of bragging. Every day, we see people on social media achieving great things, overcoming adversities, getting PhDs and going on luxury vacations, and the only constant is all these different scenarios is the hashtag ‘blessed.’ Sometimes they will go on to say how grateful they are to God for all the wonderful things happening to them.
Without overtly stating it, the implication is that God stepped in to influence events with a positive outcome for them personally. How uppity! It has become so rampant that normal daily occurrences are being hashtagged blessed. No, you’re not blessed because you didn’t run into traffic and got to work on time.
The holy harlot
I have a friend on Facebook who oscillates between God-fearing and resident slut, so blatantly that I am almost convinced that she suffers from Multiple Personalities Disorder. One time, she posted an update about her predilection for facials – the porn act, not the beauty treatment - then a few minutes later, posted about serving and honouring God in everything you do.
She regularly posts Bible verses in between semi-naked photos of herself and vulgar memes. I’m not saying that if you’re a Christian you should remain a virgin (although the Bible actually says so) and refrain from posting anything about sex, but for the love of God, some people are taking it too far.
The ‘Jesus will fix my life’ Christian
What happened to God helps those who help themselves? I am all for calling prayer meetings and fellowships in the face of adversities, but what are you doing to get yourself out of whatever rut you’re stuck in? Stop tweeting that ‘God will make a way’ and actually go out there and do something about it.
I know people who pray for jobs but don’t send out a single CV or even worse, those who don’t see a doctor when sick because ‘God is going to heal them.’
The holier-than-thou who gives you unsolicited advice about your lifestyle
One resident Facebook preacher responded to a bikini beach photo I had uploaded with the comment, ‘Bila Yesu ni vanity.’ I was mildly irritated and rather amused. While I admire your dedication to your faith and acknowledge that I don’t live a pristine life, I don’t appreciate you casting judgement on me over how I choose to live my life. Thank you!