I think Christians get a bad rep sometimes because we tend to put the pressure and the spotlight on ourselves. We go, “I’m a Christian, so I need to do good. I need to follow all the rules. I need to show them that I’m a good person so that they will come to see God.” And then we fail, do something wrong, people sneer, and the whole image just falls apart.
But hey, guess what? No matter how good we think we are, we will NEVER be able to do everything right. We will make mistakes (and lots of them, too!) along the way. No matter how hard we try, it is absolutely impossible that we follow all the rules down to the letter - and people can see that! Nothing like a little wrongdoing to pull us down from the high pedestal we unwittingly place ourselves in.
So why not shift the spotlight from ourselves to the One who is truly perfect? To the One who, despite everything we have done, still chose to give Himself for us? Can you imagine how wonderful and amazing He must be, to have loved and died for someone like me?
I am not perfect, but He is. Don’t look at me - I fumble and fail so many times in a day that I lose count. Look at JESUS, the One who, in His perfection and righteousness, took all of our sin upon Himself so that we may be made perfect and righteous with Him. Because of Him, we can come to God with boldness. Because of Him, we are made whole. His grace is more than sufficient to help me in my weaknesses.
The work of saving people is not ours, my friends. The most that we can do is point them to JESUS, and let Him be the Savior. Not to us, but to Him be all the glory.