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Christians: What People Think of Us

Disclaimer: This is a written as personal essay, as in meaning this is written in my opinion and what I believe to be true and what I’ve heard people say.

You are welcome to agree with it or not. Please no hateful comments. You are welcome to stop reading if you don’t like it.

“Christians as a whole are the most pretentious people ever to walk the earth. And as a whole, they show no contempt for anyone who doesn’t follow their beliefs. As a whole, they find no fault in pointing fingers, pulling out others flaws, condemning those who aren’t like them,” (Anonymous).

“You think you’re so perfect, is that right? And we are all just lowly losers compared to you, hm?” This is what people usually say or think about my religion. “You all are screwed,” is what some people put out there – while everyone is shooting darts at each other as well as shouting accusations back and forth. There are people who have issues. There are also people out there with issues plus more. Everyone has certain issues though – it’s just how mankind is, how flesh is. There are so many stereotypes, but they only exist because there are actual people who act in that certain manner to cause them to arise.

So many Christians are persecuted. Some are hung on a log and burned alive in the forests of Asia on missions. Others are teased for being clean and not drinking or “going all the way” with their girl/boy friend in their own school. Christians are often thought of as being pretentious, as said above, hating homosexual people, and call the people who aren’t of their religion condemned idiots and fools, not to mention being racist. Personally, this hurts. It’s humiliating to the rest of the Christians who aren’t like that. It hurts, though, to know that this is what people think of us as.

I will not deny that there are pious, racist snobs who call themselves Christians. Honestly, I loathe people who are like that – it’s ridiculous. As Christians we are supposed to think of ourselves lowly; be humble, not judging, but reaching out to people. As Christians, we as a people are supposed to be the least racist, in the Bible Jesus tells his disciples in The Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,” (Matthew 28:19 ESV). All nations, in which means or refers to people of every race, gender or skin color. People –Christians– often forget this and though there are few words for this passage, each word has a deeper meaning contained within it. As Christians we shouldn’t go around condemning and cursing whoever the hell we feel like condemning on any given day or on any day, instead we are supposed to “turn the other cheek” and be gracious and gentle.

I am not a perfect image of a Christian kid. I yell at people, sometimes swear when agitated enough, and in regards to my patience and tolerance for select kids, it isn’t the best (I constantly have to remind myself: What would Jesus do?). I am not perfect, though I may try to be kind and good, I fail many times more than when I succeed. But it comforts me that when I fall down, He is there to pick me up, dust the dirt of, forgive, and help me move on and to make amends wherever needed and however hard it may be. Some may, and do, laugh at my faith, but it’s what has kept me alive… literally.

When talking to people at school, when I usually say, “Christian,” people make a face that is indescribable, and whether it is just from reaction or on purpose, I don’t know, but it is often funny to see, they make a simple comment of: “Oh.” And sometimes it’s “Oh…me too, but I am not really religious.” This indicates they are just saying that because they honestly don’t know what else to say, for me, but I find it absolutely hilarious, catching people off guard and seeing their reaction. It’s almost like a game. But after discovering my faith, people will most often turn to someone else and start a new conversation and ignore me. Makes me feel a little rejected, but that’s life, and I usually am smiling a few minutes later. Though, there are those occasions where people engage in a debate and I am sent running around in my head looking for the knowledge on such a topic and be able to respond with a reasonable response.

People have blamed me and my friends who are Christians that our morals, actions, and decisions are all based on our Christian beliefs, in which would otherwise be totally different (and more agreeable with them) had we not be Christians. This is partly true, but there are still some people who have a sense and can see where things might otherwise not end so well. I know many people who agree with me on some views and they aren’t Christians, they also have similar views, too. Many of my actions are just based on a process of thought and thinking ahead, some are, as stated before, influenced by my belief, but most are just by thinking through a situation and the society I grew up in earlier parts of my life. Many people are like this, ironically enough, you just have to look harder in this day and age to find people who aren’t stuck up in ridiculous things.

In response to my faith, I have had to stand up, and will stand up for it and my beliefs. I don’t care what people think of me, I am content in who I am. I have friends who care about me and will always be there for me (and I for them) no matter what. They don’t care that I am a Christian, how I look, or even dress. It is what is in the heart – the inside; what the personality is – that counts more so than what the physical appearance is. True friends will always stay by your side no matter what.

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“Wake up from your sleep, climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light! So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. There are desperate times! Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what that Master wants for you.”

-Ephesians 5:16-17 The Message

Living your life out… as a Christian?

A lot of people get the impression these days (and have for years) that Christians are those “boring, strict, goodie-two-shoes”-like people. People think we, Christians, are the type of people who are always following the law, pointing out other’s faults, acting like we’re perfect, and so on. Well, let me clear one thing up: no one is perfect. People are hypocrites, liars, and so forth, all the time, no matter the belief (if you have one).

You know that scene of where your brother or sister breaks something then blames you?

You go to protest, but they won’t let you talk,

always interrupting, pointing out how you “pushed”

them and the lamp just sort of “fell” and so forth.

You raise your voice, trying to talk over them and

telling them to shut up and stop yelling, and they repeat,

and well, your mom or dad is at that point

about to pull out their hair because of all the arguing.

And then mom or dad start yelling… and well.

It goes down hill, but hopefully not to a physical point,

and then the both of you usually end up getting disciplined.

Now that I’ve proved my point with a common scene of family life in covering what I listed above (hypocrites, lying, etc.). Let me get on with saying that Christians aren’t boring. Comprendé? It really depends on the person’s personality. There are so many stereotypes, I listed a few above: Christians are hypocritical. Christians always point out your wrongs. Christians are stuck up snobs. Christians condemn all who aren’t like them. And so forth.

People think Christians are those goodie-two-shoe-like people. Well, let me tell you that there are Christians all over the world who disobey the law. You may be wondering, “How?!” Well, they gather together and people who preach to others can go to jail, and in parts of the world people are burned on stakes for just mentioning Christ’s precious name. Rebels, right? Top-secret rebels – for Christ’s sake. They live out their life to the fullest, but in a way that pleases God.

Like all other people, we also love to have fun. Most people think of Christians sitting around spending hours studying the Bible. Haha! Honestly, as much as I find the Bible fascinating, one hour is tops for me. Anymore and I think I’d fall asleep. Now, our definition of “fun” is different from the world’s view, especially in a high schooler’s “language.” I personally stay away from parties and all the stuff. Sure, there are Christians who go to parties, etc. But a lot of us think, we use common sense, I’m not saying others don’t use it too, but we try to make sure our choice’s are right in God’s eyes.

A good bit of the teens of this generation usually end up wasting their lives, some literally get wasted. They go off and do things they later regret. All the modern influences are saying “live your life to the fullest,” as in meaning go off and do what you wouldn’t normally do, “go extreme,” in some cases. In the verse at the top it says, “Make the most of every chance you get,” and then a few words over it says, “Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the master wants for you.”

Proverbs 16:17 (MSG) it states, “The road of right living bypasses evil; watch your step and save your life.” A verse later in Proverbs 19:16 (MSG) also says, “Keep the rules and keep your life; careless living kills.”

You need to be careful of choices, but also live out your life – according to God’s plan for you. Whatever calling it may be, make sure you check yourself and make sure your ideas and actions reflect Christ’s.

“But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!”

-Romans 8:9-11 The Message

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