Misconceptions of Christians

Posted: June 17, 2011 in Random

Here are some common misconceptions of Christians in the world.
Christians are so judgmental…
Christians are such weirdoes…
Christians are so close-minded…
Christians have no fun…
Christians are hypocrites…
Christians are such wimps…

The media often adds fuel to the fire, and the average Christian is forced to dance around a stereotype he has nothing to do with.

When you announce to a room or a friend that you are a Christian, they seem to change their tone and actions, afraid that we will somehow judge them. Has someone who said a cuss word in front of you ever apologized for it? Or had someone apologize for saying the Lord’s name in vain in front of you? Its like their moral standards just went up because a Christian walked in the room.

Have you ever been asked what exactly do you do for fun? Like we sit around and play scrabble all the time or something?

What about the, “you wouldn’t understand,” statement? I hear this one all the time, as if I do not live in the same world that the non-Christians live in.

What about when a prominent pastor is accused of sexual immorality… people love that. They jump at the chance to say that all Christians are hypocritical.

I love it when this happens. You say something, usually a joke, and somebody says, “you’re going to hell for that.” One time I asked a person who said this, “so what are you going to hell for if I can’t tell a joke?” I was not given an answer.

One day, going head to head with an atheist, I was glad to be heard by about 20 people with listening ears. I feel that at least a handful of them lost most of their stereotypes that day, but what if we had fair playing ground.

Did you know that only 47% of people believe in evolution, even with its exclusive teaching in schools? Imagine if Christians were given the same chance to talk about creationism, we would be doing much better than that. It is the same with these stereotypes. If Christians were more in the lime life in the media I am sure we could knock many of these stereotypes off, but that may never happen, so we have to live unlike the stereotype.

Romans 12:1-2
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

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