Sometimes we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t. Let me give you two examples where Christians cannot seem to win with non-Christians.

Non-Christians will often complain that Christians are hypocrites, by which they mean we do not live up to our own moral codes. While we say people should do X, we ourselves fail to do X. And yet, these same people will complain when one Christian calls out another Christian for their immoral behavior. Now the complaint is “you shouldn’t judge” (not recognizing that they themselves are making a judgement when they say “you should not judge” – and thus being hypocritical themselves – and that they make a judgment when they say Christians are hypocrites). So let me get this straight. Christians are damned if they fail to live up to their own moral standards, and they are damned if they try to encourage each other to live up to their own moral standards. Can we win?

And when you think about it, what kind of person would morally condemn someone for encouraging others to be moral? Only an immoral person would do so, or someone who is gravely confused about the concept of judging (see my article on judging).

Another example concerns evil and judgment. Non-Christians will often fault God for allowing so much evil in the world. And yet, these same people also fault God for being mean and unloving when He judged people in the Bible for their evil. If God allows evil. He’s evil. If He judges evil, He’s evil. Can God win?

The fact of the matter is that some people will complain about Christianity no matter what. Like spaghetti, they’ll throw out any accusation they think will stick to the wall, even if their accusations are internally inconsistent with each other.