"He has showed you, O man, what is good,
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8, NIV).
I debated with myself about posting a link to this story (http://www.latimes.com/news/la-me-lostfaith21jul21,0,2152302.story?coll=la-tot-topstories&track=ntottext), but it's too important to overlook. It's the story of a reporter for the Los Angeles Times who lost his faith as he reported on religion. He witnessed Catholic priests who had raped children being defended by both lay members and higher clergy. He saw incredible corruption within churches. He observed the dishonesty, greed, and selfishness of TBN's prosperity preachers (and the silence of more respectable ministers who refused to speak out against those who are taking advantage of gullible viewers). In the end, the corruption within churches and ministries interfered with a young reporter's ability to connect with God. He came to some wrong conclusions about God, but after reading about his spiritual journey, I understand how he arrived there.
His story is a graphic reminder that how the people of God live has a great impact on the way that other people view him. I need to live consistently in a Christ-like manner. I do not want to make potential believers turn away from Jesus Christ.