I want to talk about what Christians must look like from a non-Christians view.
Outside of America, the Muslim people think that all people in America are Christians. Think about that. Everything bad they see on TV (and we all know there is some horrible stuff on there) is what they think of Christians. Why do Muslims (for example) think that all Americans are Christian? Their personal custom is whoever is born there is Muslim, it’s on their birth certificate! So, why would it be different in America? (At least in their minds). Crazy, right? That’s not a good example. Did anyone else think of some really bad shows that Muslims may see and think “Christians?” I did. And I wasn’t happy with my results.
In America, we have non-Christians that are ridiculed for their beliefs. Non-believers think we’re hypocrites, God is cruel (maybe something bad happened in their life), or Christians are judgemental; in some cases, I’ve met some not-so-Christian-Christians.
Do not base a whole religion/nation on one person or even several.
That’s the lesson. But, this isn’t about non-believers being to “blame” for judging Christians. Nope. The lesson is for Christians to be better because obviously, we’re doing something wrong. We can’t help what Muslims think overseas but we can be less judgemental and more set-apart but truly kind, gracious, merciful, and believe in God’s truth, not this whole personal truth that is circulating these days.
What are we doing wrong?
I think Christian movies depict this. Let’s go through them one by one.
Christian movies typically depict a horrible (something) that happened. You have the leads struggling and then there is another “Christian” that judges them or says “Are you sure this isn’t your fault?” or “What did you do?” And that type of Christian, sadly, is what non-believers see sometimes. In Job, this happened to him by his very close friends. Crazy, right? Why can’t we be less judgemental? That would be awesome. I, personally, think it’s good some Christian films have these types of characters because it shows the truth of some Christians’. This happened in Miracles from Heaven, which is a fantastic movie.
2) The Idea That Something Had to Happen for a Non-Christian to be a Non-Christian
Here’s the thing. For a non-believer to be a non-believer doesn’t mean some tragedy happened. Now, that is the case many times, true. However, sometimes people just have beeliefs because it was how they were raised or their personal experience with Christians, (go to number one for further details on what I mean), etc. I personally don’t like it when I am making a point and someone says “Somebody must have told you that that was right/wrong…” or something like that; no, I may believe it on my own or from something else entirely.
It’s not always our job to help someone. Sometimes they just need someone, not their beliefs.
People that constantly push others are not a good example of any religion, state, family, or anything else that you can think of. Occasionally, boys/girls prefer a compassionate friend; not a person that is constantly trying to change you. Have you ever said “just let me breathe,” or “just hear me out,” or “just let me vent” if so, you’re probably either focused too much on the negative, (and what made you say that (the previous comment) is right. Or, you are dealing with a pushy person.
Sometimes pushing someone is the right thing to do. You can’t let your friends stay in a hole for forever for the sake of their feelings. There is a difference between pushing someone and being overly pushy. Sometimes that’s exactly what we need. I have been “pushed” by some people in my life to do something that I need to do, (whether it be small or big), and I appreciate that (at least after the fact).
As Christians, we represent not only ourselves/families but God. Do you think that God would be happy with what we have done so far as Christians?
And of course, not all Christians are guilty of this. Just a note to y’all.
If you are a Christian or not doesn’t matter.
What do you think of the Christian’s job of representing their faith? Or anyone’s faith (any religion) for that matter? How do you try and represent your beliefs well?