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Ohwhatatangledweb_weweave

Ohwhatatangledweb_weweave

About a week ago, I was standing outside of English and another kid was talking to some other kids and was strongly bashing Christians, and I just stood there with my jaw clenched, staring up at the ceiling. When I wasn’t staring at the ceiling I’d exchange looks with a friend who knows I’m a Christian, and respects that, but doesn’t share my beliefs. So my question is, how am I in the future to respond to situations like this? I felt like saying something, but I wasn’t really part of the conversation in the first place, and I’m not sure that me saying anything would’ve really helped in the first place. Suggestions, please?

November 29, 2014 at 19:47
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Amari

In a lot of cases, it’s someone with misconceptions just venting their frustration. Try to ignore these people because, for whatever reason, they’re upset with God. However criticism needs to be taken seriously. People call Christians bigoted, close minded, etc etc and it’s true. It isn’t that non Christians aren’t also, it’s that we are more vocal about it and it is hypocritical coming from a group of people whose message is based on Jesus’ love and acceptance. But someone bashing your religion isn’t fair to you at all. Keep in mind that it isn’t personal and just move on. If you want to say something, invite them to your church. It’s not up to you to change their mind because they’ll believe what they want, but don’t hesitate to stand up for your faith.

December 9, 2014 at 13:20
Writer_Girl

Writer_Girl

Hi. I’ve experienced this a lot, both in person and on the internet, because I’m Catholic. I don’t want to say that we’re the ones the most judged, because I know that every Christian deals with it, but I feel like the Catholic Church is the one with the most misconceptions around it. Here’s my advice for how to deal with it.
If it’s someone actually saying something to you, then for sure stick up for yourself, and Jesus. Because He needs defenders here on earth. But if it’s someone you don’t know, then Amari’s advice is probably the best. Just ignore them, but definitely say a prayer for them.

December 11, 2014 at 06:17
Christian_Girl6860

Christian_Girl6860

This isn’t uncommon. It’s happened at my school before too. And I agree that it is a tough situation to escape, especially if you’re not part of the conversation. But for your specific problem, I think the best you can do is pray for them. Or whenever youre around them, make a point to do the opposite of that stereotype. Hope that helps a little! 🙂

December 16, 2014 at 15:10
marysetrueblood

marysetrueblood

Writer_Girl omg yes. Catholicism is so misrepresented it’s sad. “Not Christians,” “Cultists,” and all the awful stereotypes about priests and blatant disrespect. I actually get a ton less flack from my jewish & athetist friends than I do protestants that I do.
Anyway, try to tell anyone who ocnfronts you personally that it makes you uncomfortable to be bashed and stereotyped when these things aren’t true but people you don’t know? Let it drop. They don’t know you and never will. and its not your fault they’re probably a little mean

December 19, 2014 at 19:41
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