Mahatma Gandhi was once quoted as saying, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” As a Christian, I am forced to concur with this statement. I don’t mean to make the erroneous claim that all Christians are unlike Christ in every way, but it is my experience (as well as the experience of others) that there are some very un-Christian Christians running around. Furthermore, every Christian has had un-Christian moments from time to time. Lest anyone think I am on the outside looking in on this, let me be frank: I fully include myself in the group of Christians who act un-Christian.
I am not sure which is worse, the way Christians treat unbelievers or the way Christians treat fellow Christians. I’ve seen egregious failures on both sides of that dilemma. Given the fact that Jesus said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). It would seem that Christians behaving badly with other Christians is worse; not only do we fail the command to love one another, but we also destroy our witness with the outside world. Let’s briefly examine the way Christians have treated one another over the years.