When famous people who associate themselves with Christianity are caught in times of moral weakness, the unfortunate result can be a mainstream association between Christianity and hypocrisy—especially among young people.
The truth of the matter is that all humans have weaknesses. This doesn’t mean those who represent God are excused from their sins and misrepresentation of Christianity, but it does point to our desperate need for our sinless Savior.
How Times of Moral Weakness Highlight our Need for Christ
When the news reports of a professing Christian like Bill O’Reilly dethroned in disgrace, or a football star like Aaron Hernandez found hanged in jail with John 3:16 on his forehead, it’s easy for our kids to see both hypocrisy and the apparent powerlessness of the Christian faith.
So, it’s incumbent upon us, as their spiritual mentors, to show our kids the fragile aspects and apparent powerlessness of some of the most powerful people in all of Scripture like Solomon, the Apostle Peter, King David, and John the Baptist. Our kids need to know that all these humans had weaknesses, but only Jesus, even in His weakest state, was sinless—a testimony to His triumph at the cross and our desperate need for His atonement.
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