Unfortunately, much of what is publicized today about Christianity is either negative comments or polarizing statements made about hot button issues. Due to this, a problem has developed – a generation is living with misconceptions and wrong ideas regarding Christianity.
I fear that many people are being turned off to the idea of church or Christian community due to one persons’ opinion or by a bad experience. Regardless of what your experience has been in the past I challenge you to examine the stereotype in light of what Jesus actually teaches, you might be surprised…
Christianity is about living by a list of do’s and don’ts
Contrary to what many believe, the Christian life does not revolve around an exhausting list of do’s and don’ts. Romans 5:20 explains that God’s law was given so that we would see how sinful we are, not how well we could follow it. The Christian life is anchored in Jesus’ love, grace and mercy, not a list of rules.
Our life should be lived in the footsteps of His example of humility and selflessness. It’s not about us; it’s about Him!
Christians are judgmental
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, Romans 2:1 explains clearly that no man has the right to judge. Please don’t form your opinion based on one angry, judgmental person who claims to be a Christian. 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)
Christians are close-minded
As Christians, we should stand firmly planted in what we believe, but it shouldn’t cause us to look down or step on anyone because of it. During Jesus’ time spent on earth He was so approachable that He attracted both the devoutly religious and the completely irreligious. Jesus was ridiculed for keeping company with outcasts such as tax collectors and sinners (Matthew 11:19). The scripture teaches that we should act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly (Micah 6:8). Nothing about Jesus was close-minded, so neither should we.
Have you come across any of these stereotypes? What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.
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