I’m Ron Burgundy…?

22 01 2013

by Angela

 

Who can forget this scene from Anchorman? Someone accidentally typed a question mark instead of a period on the teleprompter and Ron Burgundy stated his name as a question. Hilarious! Students do something similar in classes. They turn a statement into a question and immediately the professor retorts with “are you stating something or asking me a question?” in a very sarcastic tone. We only do this to show hesitation. We’re unsure of our answer and don’t want to commit to the statement.

I have the same initial reaction when telling people I’m a Christian. I turn a statement into a question. As soon as I tell someone that, I can immediately see the stereotypes placed onto me. With the label “Christian,” people might assume that I’m a creationist, extremely conservative, judgemental, or intolerant of other religions. The stereotypes we imagine are negative, so I hesitate when telling people my religious beliefs.

College forces us to think critically. We’re forced to rethink everything we’ve thought. We have to consider all the possibilities and challenge everything we learn. Because of my religion classes, I started to see how labeling myself a “Christian” could change how people saw me. I don’t want to become part of the faceless crowd if my beliefs don’t quite match up to the stereoptical “Christian.”

Is it possible to break from the crowd, yet still identify as Christian? Whether or not it is, I think it should be. No one agrees 100% of the time on anything. Why should religion be any different?

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