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PostSubject: Is there a Stereo Type Christian?   Tue Dec 11, 2007 12:52 pm

Just wondering what you all think, but do people have a stereo type image of a typical Christian? (when i say do people, i mean ingeneral)

I notice that there is, expecially when people find out something a "Christian" did, it all of a sudden becomes a huge issue or conversation. I think people expect Christians to be perfect people, and only do "Christian" things, like not playing shooting games, or listening to rock bands such as ACDC. Its almost like we need to fit someones mental image?

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PostSubject: Re: Is there a Stereo Type Christian?   Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:05 pm

It's just like any other stereotype. There is a general trend amongst the group of people they're referring to, but it's not always the case. Most of stereotypes are assumptions made on the group concerning their characteristics or habits based off of their understanding of that group.


But like common ones for Christians are probably like:
they don't dance or party
they don't drink
they aren't suppose to enjoy sex
they don't listen to rock or rap
they are all republicans
they don't watch rated r movies


those are just some basic ones that are brought up fairly regularly


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PostSubject: Re: Is there a Stereo Type Christian?   Wed Dec 12, 2007 11:14 am

lol...you've nailed exactly the ones i've always heard. What surprised me was, when i told a couple of my buddies i play CS (counterStrike), they laughed, and already asumed that i probably am no good, cause i'm a christian. Well i played with them on a server...and they were shocked...like i'vebeen playing CS for years now, but they basically thought that since i was a christian, i couldn't be any good at shooting games. It kinda annoys me that people put that image on us before even knowing who we are. Like christians aren't any different from anyone else (except the fact we have Christ Very Happy), so i don't see why we should have that sort of image.
But i don't let it bother me Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Is there a Stereo Type Christian?   Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:44 am

haha that's funny that you said that. For a good while, a bunch of us would go and play Counter Strike at the mall after church and stuff, and hang out. Some guys even have some cell groups who meet up, have a teaching then play video games and other games, CS being one of them. I would never go against those guys in the gaming realm, it's crazy. But even though they play those games, they're definitely living in God.

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PostSubject: Re: Is there a Stereo Type Christian?   Thu Dec 13, 2007 9:29 am

Well, even though a lot of people certainly do have their own mentality of what a Christian is, the fact is that although the Bible is full of different characters, there are certain things that all Christians are to adhere too while there are also things that are just personal choice. For example, I'm in ministry so I meet and work with a lot of pastors and missionaries. One of my closest friends here won't allow musical instruments in his Church, he believes that they are a distraction and that God wants us to focus completely on Him in worship. I on the other hand really like music, and many times I like to have something really upbeat.

The Bible promotes either one, although I know most people will instantly think of Psalms and how it talks so much about praising God with instruments, there are also lots of places where silence is promoted. So that is something that would be up to the individual really.

On the other hand, things like not committing adultery, or stealing, and worshiping Jesus alone are things that any non-Christian should know is part of what we believe, therefore creating a stereo type.

That's what I think.
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