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Summary: Myth: Christians are Better People

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MYTH: Christians Are Better People

Series: Myths: Exposing the False Beliefs that Bind Us

Brad Bailey - April 7, 2013

Intro:

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We are continuing in our series: MYTHS: Exposing the False Beliefs that Bind Us.

Myth: a widely held but mistaken belief.

Recall last week...

A sincere Christian + false beliefs = A disillusioned Christian

False beliefs or distorted ideas about life and faith can lead to discouragement and disillusionment.

Our goal is to mine the myths and so we can more fully enjoy the truth ...to discern what is false in order to grasp what is firm and foundational.

Today: "Christians Are Better People."

Now...this statement may really get your head spinning around different aspects of what it implies.

Remember... that some of the ideas we are engaging are not simply false...they bear truth in some ways...but they can imply some false assumptions....which are myths.

This is not as often an idea expressed explicitly as the other myths we will be engaging in the coming weeks. But even if not stated outright...it can certainly be a common unspoken belief or assumption.

How does this idea raise tensions?

Let me raise some questions that can arise around this idea...or claim...or assumption. [1]

• Women who has sought to be faithful to following Christ marries a man who expresses a serious commitment to the same faith in Christ.... marriage unfolds into control and abuse.... ending in divorce.... she finds her own community more distant from her. As she begins to consider future relationships... her Christian friends and family only ask her one question about any man..."Is he a Christian?" And she wonders about the assumption being implied.

• A news correspondent works with public response from social media... and notices that the most callous responses come from those claiming to be Christians. He wonders.

• One of the local restaurants near a large church gets a lot of business on Sunday afternoons....but it has become the least popular shift to work...because these religious people are known for being low tippers. Each of those waiters and waitresses wonders why.

• A young life, growing up as part of a church community, always felt their parents desire for them to be a "good person"...and an underlying assumption that “Christian” was synonymous with “good person.” “Non-Christian” was synonymous with “bad person." As they began to develop friendships over the years....it didn't always prove to be true. And they wondered.

• Perhaps as the years go by and one carries such assumptions...they begin to travel....and spend time in countries where the dominant religion is different.... and they find themselves befriended by Buddhists whose self sacrifice is inspiring....or Hindus whose simplicity is challenging....or Muslims whose hospitality and kindness is striking. And they wonder.


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