As a Christian, do you ever feel as if people really misunderstand you and your faith?
Being a Christian, especially in this day and age, is not easy, regardless of how people perceive Christianity to be. And when people look at you in ways contrary to the truth, it can make relationships with friends, family and peers uncomfortable. In some cases, it can create distance between yourself and others.
The good news is that simply understanding what the misconceptions are can be helpful in dealing with them.
Following are five huge misconceptions about Christians:
- We’re supposed to be perfect. Or at least, in the minds of many, we should be. We know what to do and how to behave, and therefore we should do it without faltering. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. We as Christians know that we are not perfect and that is why we need Christ. We recognize that we need His strength and guidance, and that without it, we would be lost. We as Christians are not perfect, but we strive to be.
- We must have all the answers. Why wouldn’t we? We read scripture all day and have memorized the Gospels. Well, even if we did these things, we still wouldn’t have all the answers. Being a Christian means not having all the answers and looking to our Lord for them. Knowing scripture is only half the battle; the other half is living and learning from it.
- Our lives are easier. We have God on our side, after all, right? And we’re content with what He provides for us. And even when things are bad, they’re not as bad as they would be if we weren’t Christians. Well, we’re all human and we all experience ups and downs. But it is our Christianity that guides us and strengthens us through the tough times. That doesn’t mean that we don’t experience heartache, pain or suffering. Rather, we open ourselves up to these things and accept our crosses. We also avoid the easier path and instead try to follow the one that leads to eternal glory with God. Oftentimes, this path is the more difficult one.
- We never doubt our faith. Supposedly we have this amazing connection with God that is unwavering. And to some extent, this is true. But many Christians have experienced moments of feeling forsaken. Jesus Himself even felt forsaken. And in these moments of loneliness, we feel lost and alone. We doubt our faith in times of darkness, even if it’s only for a moment.
- We don’t know how to have fun. Well, I guess this is dependent on how you define “fun,” since fun is subjective. As Christians, we are called to live in the world, not of it, so there are things that we have to avoid. These are things that lead to temptation or things that turn us away from what is Godly. There is a right path and a wrong path, and surprisingly to some, the right path offers a lot of things that are fun and wholesome.
Ladies, it can be unfair when people have misconceptions about you, right? But the best way to overcome these beliefs is to be open and honest. Don’t be afraid to reveal your weaknesses. Don’t be afraid to not have answers or solutions. And don’t be afraid to show your fear. Be open to all of these vulnerable moments, but be open too to the fact that as a Christian, you turn to Jesus for help—that He is your strength when you’re weak, He is your answer to those unanswered questions and He is your protection.
Do you feel that people have misconceptions about you and your faith? Share your story—we so love to hear from you!