Christianity is a religion about loving others and caring for them just as you’d care for yourselves or family members. Every religion is an interpretation of their Holy Book or teachings, and in every religion, some come up with extremist views, and this can give Christianity a tainted name. However, Christians are normal everyday people just like you and me. Here are some stereotypes that you might have gotten wrong about Christians.
Christians Do Not Support The LGBT+ Community
Approximately 1.5% of people living in Britain identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community so, this means out of the 65 million people living in Britain around 545,000 men and women identify as homosexual and 220,000 men and women across Britain identify as bisexual. This shows the high number of people who may look at Christians negatively because some Christians believe homosexuality is a sin. However, Christians believe they should hate the sin not the sinner. Christianity is all about spreading love and there are lots of examples in the Bible where Jesus makes sinners his closest followers (e.g. tax collectors, prostitutes, and murderers). There are also many Christian LGBTQ+ organizations, for example, The Gay Christian Network and Believe Outloud.
Christians Are Judgemental
Many people’s views on Christians is that they are a highly judgemental community because some of them, who have extremist views, think they are the judge and jury over other people’s lives. However, Christians are taught that the only who should judge is God. Many Christians understand we all live our lives differently, and that we are all just regular people.
Christians Are Too Political
There are a lot of non-religious and religious people from multiple faiths, including Christianity, who force their religion onto others and even though we do not live in a theocracy, they try their best to make it happen. Some people may think Christians berate non-Christians to conform to their religion. However, religion is meant to bring communities together whether they share the same views or not - in The Bible, it says to 'Love your neighbour as yourself' - Mark 12:31.
As a Christian, I feel as if we are portrayed in a mostly negative light compared to other religions. And I do not feel others should generalise the whole Christian community because of some people’s extremist views.