My way is better than yours
Categorizing, stereotyping and assuming are common nature to us humans. However, does that make it right? The truth of the matter is that we are all in a bubble. The bubble called “me”. That “me” is constructed of preconceived notions building a specific world-view that affects our perceptions, thoughts, words and actions. As humans, we tend to look for other individuals that are similar to us in order to feel comfortable. We feel threatened when we see or briefly interact with someone that we don’t know and who is different from us. That threat comes from fear, and that fear (most of the time) is incited by ignorance about that person or group of people. We therefore have the tendencies of “easy thinking” which is comprised of categorizing, stereotyping and assuming about others who are different from us. It is easy thinking because it is an attempt to make sense out of the world around us and therefore helps to lessen the threat. Some of us may also categorize, stereotype and assume to try and feel secure, or even superior to others. So what wrong with that? The problem in categorizing, stereotyping and assuming is that it keeps us in our “me” bubble. Instead of embracing diversity and therefore expanding our bubble (hopefully bursting our bubble)… we are building more walls and barriers against living how we are meant to live, and as how God would have us live. The golden rule is known in every religion for a reason. Instead of saying that our religion is better and superior to others, we should strive to learn from others who are different and therefore grow as individuals and as a world. If as a Christian, I say and act as though other religions are less worthy of love and compassion, I am contradicting what Jesus Christ taught. If as a Christian, I say and act as though other religions are inferior to mine, I am contradicting what Jesus Christ taught. Let us all challenge our little “me” bubbles and start opening our hearts and minds to the love of God which is infinite and which is meant to be shared through every single one of us… which is meant to be shared with each other.
I want to encourage you to read the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These are huge windows to get to know our Creator and His love for ALL of us. If you have never read the story of Jesus Christ, I would like to offer a prayer suggestion before you read the Word: Dear God, I am open to getting to know who you are. I want to know you. Please illuminate my heart and mind to read and see what you want me to see through your Holy Spirit. Amen.
My denomination is better than yours
As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ I have encountered some disunity and the categorizing, stereotyping and assuming between Christian denominations and Christian individuals themselves. This kind of attitude still true while knowing God, grieves the Holy Spirit and it grieves our Creator. As Christians, we need to question our own selves and our own egos. Are we allowing our egos to block the way of God’s love flowing through us? Are we accurately representing Jesus Christ and His radical love for every single person? Are we following His call to love God with all our hearts, minds and souls? If we were consistently asking God to search and cleanse our hearts of our own motives, if we were humble, God would have His way in us. We would love our neighbor as ourselves and we would be His awesome representatives building God’s kingdom on earth. Let’s wake up! Let God’s church wake up and ask the Lord to invade our beings! Let’s allow God to unite us as His one body and let us work together for His common good. Then everybody will want to be part of our Creator’s body, of His Church.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)