The one label I don't mind - Catholic Courier

The one label I don’t mind

When I graduated from high school, I thought I was done being labeled.

In reality, we are labeled — or judged — by others our entire lives.

But these days, instead of being "smart" and "uncool," I’m "ignorant," "hypocritical," "intolerant" and "bigoted."

In other words — I’m a Christian.

The amount of misleading information and slanted reporting I see in the media and on social media about Christians and Christianity is mind-boggling. And it’s disheartening to realize that the majority of people will take what they read or hear at face value without questioning whether what they are reading and hearing is accurate.

One inaccuracy I’ve seen perpetuated is that unless Christians are perfect, they have no right to point out when others are doing wrong.

As Christians — as humans — we are not perfect and never will be. We have the most perfect role model — Jesus — whom we strive to emulate, but, being human and fallible, we will ultimately fail.

That doesn’t mean we stop trying.

Also as Christians, we are called by our baptism to spread God’s word so all have the chance to attain the salvation offered through his Son. We are compelled to stand up for and inform others about what is right and wrong in God’s eyes — even if that makes us unpopular, despised or persecuted, and even if our own human frailty prevents us from always being successful in doing what God asks of us.

That doesn’t mean we stop spreading his word.

What does need to stop, however, is the willful spreading of misinformation aimed at fueling public vitriol toward Christians, which is creating the very intolerance and bigotry that Christians are being accused of.

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