As a very outspoken atheist, I often come across questions asking why non-believers have so much "anger" (or whatever term they choose to use) against Christians. I've explained this in another post, but essentially it's a backlash against all the constant proselytizing we are forced to endure in various forms from Christ's "followers". The question usually includes an accusation that this animosity tends to be exclusively directed towards Christians. So I've also explained that the reason for this is due to the fact that Christians tend to be the most outspoken and pushy with their beliefs towards others - far more than any other religion.
We have all read the famous Gandhi quote "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." I completely agree with this. Due to the near intolerable disposition of so many Christians, I often view Christ in a very negative light... despite being raised as a Christian during the first 17 years of my life. However, will admit that I look at him with far more scrutiny than I do any other religious leader or philosopher. Obviously this is because there are so many people who claim to be Christians, yet constantly show themselves to be little more than egocentric hypocrites with regard to his teachings.
I frequently wonder why so many Christians allow other self-professed "Christians" to drag his name and teachings down, but never dare to admonish their words and actions beyond simply claiming that "they are not 'true' Christians". I have always thought that if those "Christian" hypocrites were directly confronted for their actions, not by non-believers but by other Christians, they might start to see the error of their ways, but unfortunately that never seems to happen.
Until this evening.
In another thread, I saw a Christian, who I have come to respect through her responses here, oppose another member who claims to also be a Christian, yet whose behavior is far from Christ-like. It was a rare moment and it made me stop and think.
If all Christians were like her, conducted themselves as she does, and stood up to those who are misrepresenting the Christian faith, I could perhaps give this religion the respect that followers so fervently demand it should have - despite the fact that I will still never actually "believe".
So, since this should be a question, I'll ask this... If you are a Christian, are you willing to stand up to those who are misrepresenting your faith, or do you prefer to just idly denounce them as not being "real Christians", and allow them to continue to cause animosity in others towards your religion?
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