Why do you think people are judgemental and stereotypical of Christians?
Because Christians make that stereotype themselves, without realizing it, dont get me wrong technically im a "christian" but I dont like claiming that title. For the soul fact that it is a TITLE people go around saying they're christians when really they're only "Christians" on Sunday && for some, Wednesday's. I like to call myself a "follower of God" ha made up by my friend Paige. anyway people that call themselves christians are usually the people that are all "my religion is right, yours if wrong, get over it, && if you dont you're going to hell" !@#$%^&!@%^&%$#@#^& that is SOOO not true. God taught us to accept other people. I mean I've questioned Christianity SO much in my life cause I've thought "I mean, other people have been taught their whole life that their religion is right && ours is wrong. So how do we know it actually IS right!?" but I don't know I guess I just gained a lot of faith...I wasn't really raised in a Christian house, I started going to church in the 5th grade with my friend Paige and my mom does NOT support my church cause its a baptist church, (she's one of those "christians when the time is right")
but long story short, they "we" get judged because some christians are actually like that so people catagorize ALL christians like that.
Sure, Christians can get stereotyped regarding their behavior. The truth is, they have all kinds of different political and social views, and come from all backgrounds. I've met Christian pacifists, Christian homosexuals, and Christian philanthropists.
However, in the US, the most outspoken Christians are the so-called "Religious Right". They are a powerful bloc who support a theocracy, or something close to it. They ARE judgemental, and sometimes have very harsh words for gays, Muslims, atheists, and others who bring their own views and lifestyles to the forefront. They have reinforced the stereotype.
Look at the post-9/11 world. Many Christians honestly believe Islam represents a threat to their way of life. I saw e-mails going around after 9/11 that sounded more like Pope Urban II's call for a Crusade against the Saracens. Religious intolerance in the US is essentially a problem that must be addressed first by Christians. When that happens, I think the stereotype will begin to change.
As long as the Religious Right squawk against all ways of life that are not their own, and push their agenda into every level of government, it will continue.
I do have a stereotype of people who I meet who feel that within the first 30 seconds of our meeting feel the need to tell me they are a born again Christian.
So far everyone I know who feels the need to wear their Christianity on their sleve has been narrow minded, mean spirited and self righteous.
The Bible says, "You will know them by their fruits." Actions speak louder than words. The people I meet who Christianity has improved do generally let their actions be a witness to their faith.
I guess for the most part if someone is judgemental and stereotypical towards christians it would be - because christians are that way towards the rest of society.
most of them that I have dealt with will approach someone from the point of view that THEY ARE RIGHT, AND KNOW THE TRUTH- and will treat non- believers like they just crawled out from under a rock and need to be enlightened and witnessed to.
I would say that christianity has pretty much "made it's bed" and needs to sleep in it.
I'm Christian and I don't. We are not all like that. I respect others religion and I'm not going to try to make you believe in something I believe in cause for one, it's nearly impossible anyways. two, it's not my life, you can believe in whatever you want and I have no problem with it. it doesn't interfere with my life at all. :)
Most the time when I refer to Christians I'm refreing to the belifes held by that religion. For me there are a few exception where I have stereotype and I know its wrong.
All in all this is not exclusive to Christians. All beliefes have had this done to them.
Because they aren't comfortacle with theirs or not knowing what it is... or not having one... It's just a way to cover the fact they not liking/not knowing/not having one of their own. So they bag on someone else's religion.
Well, because so many Christians act sterotypically. The 25% of the population who are fundamentalist, could all practically be clones of eachother.