Last time I posted on making over-hasty generalizations. In this post I want to extend that a bit in regards to Christianity itself. Another unfair generalization I sometimes see people make is to judge Christianity on the actions of Christians. Ok, I know that this seems kind of counter-intuitive and you may be thinking “Shouldn’t we judge an organization based on its members?” but bear with me. If this idea was good practice, then it also would be fine for members of foreign countries to judge all of America based on the actions of a few Americans overseas (and you can imagine what a scary thought that is).
In fact it would be just fine and dandy to judge any organization based on the actions of its membership. I’m hoping that you can see this is a bad idea for the same reason it’s a bad idea to think that all people from New Jersey are bad because you got robbed by one person from New Jersey (which again is related to my last post). But let’s delve into this a little bit further. Christianity is supposed to representative of Christ (thus God). My main point essentially then is that we (you/I) shouldn’t base our judgments of God on the actions of man.
I can’t deny that horrible atrocities have been committed in the name of Christ, but don’t forget that it was Jesus himself who told us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. The failing isn’t with Christ then, it’s with us. Now as Christians this is doubly unfortunate. We’re supposed to live righteous lives but we are all human and so we err. Mankind has a tendency to corrupt whatever we touch (I mean just look at Star Wars Episode I) so when we look at modern day Christianity, we’re looking at something that has at times been twisted to suit the purposes of selfish men. But this doesn’t mean that the actions of those men should reflect in any way on what Christianity stands for. I think it was Gandhi who said “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians,” so my advice then is not to let Christians come between you and Christ.