Stereotype

"I felt like Christians had as much going for them as a plain sheet of drywall.  I just wasn't interested."  Why do we like to stereotype so much?  Is it because we are afraid to really get to know whatever it is we are stereotyping?  Is it because we don't want to admit that we don't know so we assume what we have heard? Stereotyping can be hurtful.  Hurtful beyond belief.  As I type those words I think of all the stereotypes I have in my head of people and places I know very little about.  Depression and Addiction are two of the most stereotyped problems and unless you have experienced either one you can't judge.  Even if you try to understand you still won't be able to empathize with the true struggles.

And, by the way, everyone has or is experiencing addiction.  It may not be alcohol or drugs which are the two most common addictions people think about.  It may be food, may be Facebook, may be one in a million things.  So don't judge.

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Christianity is stereotyped by those who don't understand.  I grew up in a Christian home and have gone to church most of my life.  So even being around Christians I didn't understand what it really was to be a follower of Jesus.  I started reading a book last night by Stephanie May Wilson called The Lipstick Gospel.  I love every word Stephanie wrote.  The quote at the beginning is from her book and I also loved this one "If Christianity had a scent, it would be boring vanilla.  I was more interested in something eucalyptus-y and fresh."  These phrases and more that are in the book are exactly ones that were in my head.  But now they have changed.

What are some stereotypes you hate to hear?  How can we change them??