The Barna Group surveyed thousands of professing Christians to try to answer the question: “Are Christians more like Jesus or more like the Pharisees?” (Barna Group. April 30th). A series of twenty questions were asked in order to make the assessment. The questions were to see how the actions and attitudes of Christians towards others reflect Jesus or the Pharisees.
‘One of the common critiques leveled at present-day Christianity is that it’s a religion full of hypocritical people” is the opening line of their published study.
Most people will not be surprised to note that whereas only 14% of Christians reflect the attitudes and actions of Jesus Christ, 51% reflect those of the Pharisees. It would appear that not much has changed since Jesus’ day.
Self-righteousness persists, especially in attitudes toward the sins of others. Looking down on others for their sins naturally makes people feel better about their own shortcomings.
Hopefully, the survey will give believers something to think about, but it’s doubtful people will move away from their comfort spot. After all, these attitudes existed amongst the Pharisees two thousand years ago. Only a small minority tried to be different and truly follow Christ.