Common Christian Stereotypes

Common Christian Stereotypes

And why they really need to go.
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If you have read any of my previous articles, you could probably gather that I'm strong in my Christian faith. I want to live, sleep, and breathe Christ, so that others can see Him through me. I am not ashamed of my faith and that most of my articles surround it, and I never will be. Others may not believe the same things that I do, but I want to share His love with others.

I may be a hypocrite at times, no matter how often I try not to be (can I get an amen?), but in the end, God is the only one I live for, no one else. Christianity isn't as much of a religion as it is a relationship. With that being said, there are some stereotypes about Christians that just need some light shed on them. We aren't the stuck-up, perfect, Jesus freaks that people often see us as.

"You don't like homosexuals. You hate them."

This might be the biggest one for me. I know plenty of people, most of which I'm close with, who are homosexual. We do NOT hate or dislike homosexuals. Christ calls us to love everyone, but to hate the sin. However, we are not to judge because it is not our place.

If one has God in their heart, they have love for others in their heart. We may not agree with your lifestyle or choices, but we do not hate you. Our Gospel teaches, and we affirm, that homosexual sex is a sin. Homosexuals are just as worthy of our love and God's love. I share the grace, love, and forgiveness of my Savior that is available to all people who accept Christ as their savior.

"You think you're better than everyone."

No. I do not think I'm better than you. I can promise you that we struggle just the same as you do and go through the same rough patches in life. We are not immune to trials, temptations, and tragedy. Our lives are not perfect. We all go through our rough patches, but we are all so valuable in the eyes of the Lord. No one is any more or less valuable than the other.

I understand how one might get this impression, but humility is one of Christianity's greatest attributes. I don't think I'm better than you regardless of who you are or what you've done. We are all on our own journey and everyone's looks a little bit different. No one's perfect.

"What about science? Do you ignore it?"

Well, while I can see why you might be under the assumption that things like the "Big Band" and natural selection kill my theory for religion, so I just ignore them altogether. The truth is, I love science (so much that I'm studying it at a university) and it doesn't crumble my faith at all. I'm just as interested as you are to see how God did the things that he did and have yet to come across something that shakes my faith to the core on whether or not there is a creator.

"You can't have fun."

This one is so funny to me, because how do you define this universal term of "fun?" What is fun to me may not be fun to you. My kind of fun is not the type the world has portrayed it to be. I don't need alcohol, drugs, sex, and provocative dancing to have fun.

To me, there is no joy in that. My joy is in praising and worshiping the Lord on Sunday mornings with my congregation. My joy is in children worshiping the Lord on Wednesday evenings while dancing and giggling. What I find joyful, the next person might not.

"You're all hateful and judgemental."

There is no denying that some people use Christianity to prop themselves up above others in moral comparison. This, however, is not what is taught by Jesus and cannot be found anywhere in scripture. In fact, in Romans 2:1 it states that no man has the right to judge. When Jesus tells us “Love your neighbor as yourself,” it doesn’t suggest which neighbors we are to love. That’s because we are meant to love all neighbors — those we like and those we don’t.

We should “Love Thy Neighbor: Thy Homeless Neighbor, Thy Muslim Neighbor, Thy Black Neighbor, Thy Gay Neighbor, Thy White Neighbor, Thy Jewish Neighbor, Thy Christian Neighbor, Thy Atheist Neighbor, Thy Racist Neighbor, Thy Addicted Neighbor.” To me, it demonstrated perfectly the principle that we, as Christians, are meant to live by. The example we are to follow is the one Jesus displayed when He kneeled in the dust next to the woman and told the religious crowd, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7.

"So, you're going to beat me with the Bible now, aren't you?"

It's important to note that the same biblical reference can be interpreted multiple ways, depending on the perspective of the one referencing it. That's not to say there is no such thing as ultimate truth, but the Bible was written and translated thousands of years ago, and it's worth taking time to consider that many things we encounter today that were present in the lives of the biblical authors.

Being a Christian isn't about ignoring the problems of the modern age and referencing a Bible passage written for and in context of first-century Christians to back up our arguments to the twenty-first century. Sometimes, being a faithful witness means listening more than it does laying out tons of verses on a person in what comes off as judgemental and holier-than-thou manner. I can understand why people wouldn't want the Bible thrown in their faces or beaten into them with a two-by-four; it's not the most loving thing to do.


Granted, there are probably a lot of Christians who practice every single one of the above, but don't assume we're all the same. As Christians, we have to dedicate ourselves to eradicating these stereotypes and stigmas that cause people to turn away from Jesus. Some light just needed to be shed on these common stereotypes that float around. I am not full of hate. I am not a bigot that believes my way or no way. I am not a homophobe. I am not these stereotypes, and any person who has the Lord in their heart isn't either.

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8 Types Of People Fetuses Grow Into That 'Pro-Lifers' Don't Give 2.5 Shits About

It is easy to fight for the life of someone who isn't born, and then forget that you wanted them to be alive when you decide to hate their existence.

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For those in support of the #AbortionBans happening all over the United States, please remember that the unborn will not always be a fetus — he or she may grow up to be just another person whose existence you don't support.

The fetus may grow up to be transgender — they may wear clothes you deem "not for them" and identify in a way you don't agree with, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them a mentally unstable perv for trying to use the bathroom.

The fetus may grow up to be gay — they may find happiness and love in the arms of someone of the same gender, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them "vile" and shield your children's eyes when they kiss their partner.

The fetus may grow up and go to school — to get shot by someone carrying a gun they should have never been able to acquire, and their life will mean nothing to you when your right to bear arms is on the line.

The fetus may be black — they may wear baggy pants and "look like a thug", and their life will mean nothing to you when you defend the police officer who had no reason to shoot.

The fetus may grow up to be a criminal — he might live on death row for a heinous crime, and his life will mean nothing to you when you fight for the use of lethal injection to end it.

The fetus may end up poor — living off of a minimum wage job and food stamps to survive, and their life will mean nothing to you when they ask for assistance and you call them a "freeloader" and refuse.

The fetus may end up addicted to drugs — an experimentation gone wrong that has led to a lifetime of getting high and their life will mean nothing to you when you see a report that they OD'd and you make a fuss about the availability of Narcan.

The fetus may one day need an abortion — from trauma or simply not being ready, and her life will mean nothing to you as you wave "murderer" and "God hates you" signs as she walks into the office for the procedure.

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Do not tell me that you are pro-life when all of the above people could lose their lives in any way OUTSIDE of abortion and you wouldn't give 2.5 shits.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is gay or trans, you will berate them for who they are or not support them for who they love.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is poor or addicted, you will refuse the help they desperately need or consider their death a betterment of society.

You fight for the baby to be born, but when the used-to-be-classroom-of-fetuses is shot, you care more about your access to firearms than their lives.

It is easy to pretend you care about someone before they are even born, and easy to forget their birth was something you fought for when they are anything other than what you consider an ideal person.

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