"Many of us have a mental conception of what a Christian should be, and the lives of the saints become a hindrance to our concentration on God."
"The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."
Stereotypes, hypocrisy, and missing the main thing for a seemingly good thing. I'm not entirely sure yet of the proper link between all of these, but all are incredibly frustrating. Here's another:
Coming overseas, we had this idea in our head that the rest of the world hates America. Guess what we've found out in our limited scope of experience somewhere else? It's not true... until we make it true. You know who we hear loathing comments from? Americans. Tanzanians are fascinated with the US and have no major qualms with any foreign policy, belief systems, or culture. I think in our hundreds of conversations we've heard one complaint/remark to the contrary. But what we do hear all the time is "stupid Americans" coming from US expats, or negative remarks about the election, government, foreign policy, culture, and people... out of the mouths of fellow Americans. I don't think that the general people of the world have any qualm with the USA until we teach them to. Maybe.
(And why do we leave our country's borders with the idea that we as a nation are despised? Seems to come from within as well. Maybe I'm being way too ethnocentric. Maybe not.)