By: Justine Johnson
I am a sophomore at a liberal arts school in the center of a very Dutch Midwestern town. I grew up in the Christian and Missionary Alliance church denomination, was raised by conservative parents and youth leaders, and had a homeschool graduation on my front deck. I am the definition of the American Christian stereotype.
College is supposed to be a time to determine where you stand on major and minor issues. Liberal arts schools encourage independent thinking, and my school is no different in this respect. What happens, then, when a group of students who claim to be “open minded” criticize me for standing next to what I believe? I have not changed my view on homosexuality or women’s rights since coming to college, and somehow that gives certain people the idea that I am “not loving” people who are different than me.
I call a double standard.
I am not deeply moved by world poverty, my heart rate does not increase at the word “feminism,” and I am not at all offended by the issue of modesty in the church. Some say that I am apathetic, that I am selfish. They demand that I never judge another, yet they continue to point fingers in my direction while I attempt to be who God made me to be.
The Bible never declares, “Love is tolerant of all things.” It never states that “Love makes indignant Facebook statuses about social injustices.” The exact words of the Word say,
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”—1 Corinthians 13:3
I am the definition of the American Christian stereotype. If we disagree, can it please be in a way that does not make me feel like a self-centered, unloving jerk?