Judging by results
If Christianity is true why are not all Christians obviously nicer than all non- Christians? What lies behind that question is partly something very reasonable and partly something that is not reasonable at all. The reasonable part is this. If conversion to Christianity makes no improvement to a mans outward actions-if he continues to be just as snobbish or spiteful or envious or ambitious as he was before- then I think we must suspect his ‘conversion’ was largely imaginary; and after one’s original conversion, every time one thinks one has made an advance, that is the test to apply. Fine feelings, new insights, greater interest in ‘religion’ mean nothing unless they make our actual behavior better; just as in an illness ‘feeling better’ is not much good if the thermometer shows that your temperature is still going up. In that sense the outer world is quite right to judge Christianity by its results. Christ told us to judge by results. A tree is known by its fruit; or, as we say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world. The wartime posters told us the Careless Talk costs Lives. It is equally true that Careless Lives costs Talk. Our careless lives set the the outer world world talking, and we give them grounds for talking in a way that throws doubt on the truth of Christianity itself.
C.S. Lewis. Mere Christianity
For my errors and failures and weaknesses I apologize. Look at and look to Jesus. He is the author and finisher of my faith.