Summary: This message looks at five things that cause people to become disillusioned with God. Part 3 of a series inspired by Philip Yancey’s book "Disappointment with God."

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Is God real? Does He care? Is He even there? Is He there for me? All questions sincere people ask all the time. Why? Because they’ve experienced heartache. They’ve been disappointed. They’ve been disillusioned.

What do I mean when I say disillusioned? I’m talking about you having certain negative realities discourage you, bring you down, and disenchant you with Christianity. I’m talking about you being turned off of God and being disappointed with Him due to other factors happening in your life.

What I want this morning is look at five different things that can cause this to happen. Things that can cause you to wonder if God’s there for you, things that can make you disillusioned about God, the church, and Christianity.

Okay? Let’s get started. What are some things that cause people to become disillusioned? What are some things that make people question God and give up on Him?

What Causes People to Doubt God?

1. Hypocritical Christians

It was probably about 18 years ago that I attended a Christian Athlete Hockey Camp. And it was really a lot of fun. They had players from the NHL there helping us to develop our hockey skills. Players like Jean Proniveau, Dwight Schoefield (who used to be a tough guy with the St. Louis Blues) and Mark Osborne, who played with the Leafs in the mid to late 90’s. And the thing about this camp was that it was Christian, and we would get together every evening for a service where we’d sing a bit and hear one of the professional hockey players talk about the importance of God in their lives.

But you know, I can’t remember anything any of them said. In fact, I remember very little about the camp... except for two little songs. One of them I learned at the back of the bus on the way to the rink. It’s not exactly politically correct, but this was what it said...

I know a girl named Sally Brown,

Weighs 390 pounds.

One day Sally went for a stroll,

Got hit by a truck and started to roll.

Sally got up and looked around,

Fainted right there and fell back down.

Obviously that song has had a lot of spiritual meaning for me over the years. And it stirs my heart anytime I think of it.

The other song is one that some of you may have learned someplace else, but I learned it at this camp:

I don’t want to be a goat, hope.

I don’t want to be a goat, nope.

Cause a goat ain’t got no hope, nope.

I don’t want to be a goat, nope.

And there were a bunch of verses to it but one that sticks out is:

I don’t want to be a hypocrite.

I don’t want to be a hypocrite.

Always saying, never doing it.

I don’t want to be a hypocrite.

It’s amazing how easily one hypocritical person can completely turn someone off. And the sad fact is that there are a lot of hypocrites around. People who claim to believe in God and hold to Christian values but who live a lifestyle that doesn’t honour God and who treat other people with contempt, who don’t live like they say the do, and these people really embarrass the Church. They embarrass me.

And it’s a terrible thing when people look to these hypocrites as the example of what it means to be a Christian. But the Church should not be judged based on their actions, and God should not be judged based on their actions. Especially since God in no way condones a hypocritical lifestyle. In fact, Jesus often rebuked people for that very reason. What does the Bible say about hypocrisy?

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