How are Christians perceived?

Part of preparing students to live out their faith is to have them understand the perceptions of others about Christianity. The short video below captures a sampling of what people’s perceptions of Christians are.

How might a video like this be used in an instructive way?

In an accompanying video below, David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, poses the questions: How we can move past clichés to express what we believe? How can we creatively express the power of the Gospel – a message that is so simple and so deep at the same time? This video could be a helpful discussion starter with teens – and it would be particularly interesting to gain their reaction to Kinnaman’s own use of language (outsider) and metaphor (fort.)

Both videos are pointers toward a new book called unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity… and Why It Matters that came out in October 2007. I haven’t had the opportunity to read it yet (and hope to share more info from it in a future post), but noted that it has been receiving positive reviews on Amazon.

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2 responses to “How are Christians perceived?

  1. Leslee Caldwell

    Wow! It’s strange that I picked this blog to read. The reason that I say this is because just the other day me and one of my friends were on the phone talking about this exact topic. Of course Chirstians are being looked at all the time. Some people believe that Christains are judging, “holy rollers;” and etc. I tend to believe that we as Christians are going to be looked at in everything that we do. The Bible says that we as Christians are to be perculiar people, which means that we are supposed to be set apart from the world. Christians are human before they are anything else, and yes we sin. We all sin.

    Like I said Christians are to be st apart from the world. The Christians responsiblity is is to win souls and reach out to those who don’t know the Lord. This is just my personal opinion.

  2. Audrey

    It is easy to see why a community that is not fully understood can be seen negatively. Everyone has the temptation to judge what they do not understand. In the video a Christian mentions that his non-Christian friends feel as though he is judging them. This is not the first time I have heard a comment like this reguarding the outlook of a Christian person. When was it that the Christian community was labled as harsh to judge or quick to judge? Of course like in every group of people, only a few have the potential to desroy the outlook of everyone. I’m assuming that the Christain population who is overpowering the Christian view on those who are unwilling are a leading factor in the view of the ‘Christian’ today!

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