A friend of mine who’s an Episcopal priest at another church passed along a short article he read with the above title. He calls it “a recipe for humble pie.” Here’s the link so you can read it for yourself. Briefly, what the author found in his unscientific survey of non-Christians is that they are often genuinely interested in what Christians believe and in how their faith affects their day-to-day lives. They are often interested in learning more about the Bible. So far so good.
On the downside, though, the non-Christians thought that Christians were against more things than they were for, didn’t seem to live differently from non-Christians, and tried to act like they didn’t have any problems. The non-Christians often longed for a Christian to take them to his or her church but had never been invited.
Do you see the pattern? Non-Christians want to interact with Christians. They want to see Christians’ actions match their beliefs. They want Christians to be real.