Christians are often labeled as hypocritical, judgmental and narrow-minded. But while not all Christ-followers actually live in such a way, there seems to be a new form of Christianity that is rising in popularity. It’s called Cynical Christianity. Have you heard of it?

I believe the birth place of Cynical Christianity wasn’t founded on social media itself, but instead has been catapulted into the spotlight by the platforms it offers. Think about it… What was once hidden behind closed doors and secret gatherings is now available to the masses, all hidden behind the scenes of blogs and social media accounts. It’s become normal to be cynical, and everyone acts like it’s okay.

Encourage one another.

When reading through the text of the Bible, one can see that Jesus yearns for his people to encourage one another and withhold from tearing each other down. Why? Because tearing each other down doesn’t benefit anyone.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

Individuals are constantly seen using their social-media accounts, blogs and other online platforms as tools to bash fellow Christians. And while many people might see these acts as funny and harmless, I view them as proof that our generation lacks the honor and reverence for Christ it so desperately needs. I believe Cynical Christianity takes advantage of the freedoms and grace Jesus has shown us, propelling individuals to worship these gifts more than Christ himself.

We must be different.

We must change the way people view Christians by changing the way we speak and act. We must allow the message of Jesus to transform our hearts from the inside out, and do away with selfish or ambitious desires. Christ has called us to be different than the world.

“But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. but no human being can tame the tongue. ”

Cynical Christianity is dangerous, and I believe can have harmful affects on the body of Christ. We must increase our yearning for righteousness, and do away with anything that is contrary to Christ himself. My heart yearns for the image of Jesus to be reclaimed as loving and true, and this includes the image of those who choose to follow him.