Are Christians Better than Other People?
There are actually 3 answers to that question. A 3-legged stool will not stand without all 3 legs. We cannot
answer the question correctly without all 3 answers.
The 3 answers are:
- We are supposed to be
No - Christians Are Not Better than Other People
Scripture says, "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23). We were born with the same
sinful nature and desires as everyone else. There is no difference.
We have all experienced the same ungodly desires. Most of us - saved or unsaved - all have the
same good plans and ambitions for our families and friends.
Naturally speaking, there is no difference between Christians and the lost.
Yes - Christians Are Better than Other People
When a person repents and Jesus comes in, He changes their lives. When a person receives Christ, he or she is ".
. . a new person. Old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new." (2 Cor. 5:17).
It's not because of anything in us. We have nothing to be proud about. Outside of what Christ can do in our
lives, we are powerless to be any better than those who do not know Him. If we look at non-Christians with an
attitude of superiority, we sin, and we repel people from Christ.
Christians Are Supposed to Be Better than Other People
Scripture says we are ambassadors for Christ. We represent Him. Our lives need to show what Christ can do in
people. We need to attract people to Him, not only by our words, but also by the way we live, the way we treat
others, the way we handle the pressures and disappointments of life, and the consistency of our lives in every
- We should be the best people our unsaved friends have ever known.
- We should be the nicest people around
- We should be loving than anyone they have ever known
- We should be the most honest people they have ever dealt with
- Our walk should match our talk - always.
It is reported that Gandhi once said that he would be interested in becoming a Christian if it weren't for what
he saw in Christians. He said he was interested in Jesus, but he didn't like what he saw in Christians. What would
he have seen in you and me?
We have a great ideal to live up to. We have the power of the Holy Spirit to help us live the Christian
life. Nobody else in the world has the Holy Spirit. We are responsible to live up to those high ideals. If we
do that, we will be living lives better than other people.