17 Christian Behaviors That Rub Non-Believers the Wrong Way

SharePinEmailBeing a Christian is central to your life, yet your friends and family members might struggle to understand why. Some of your Christian motivations and practices might irritate them, causing additional struggles that you could really do without!  Knowing how to be proud of your faith whilst respecting the thoughts and wishes of other people…

Being a Christian is central to your life, yet your friends and family members might struggle to understand why. Some of your Christian motivations and practices might irritate them, causing additional struggles that you could really do without! 

Knowing how to be proud of your faith whilst respecting the thoughts and wishes of other people close to you is essential for happiness all around. Let’s consider some things that might irritate non-Christians around you.

Christian Norms

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It is best to avoid making assumptions surrounding Christian norms that are prevalent in your life. You could meet people who do not celebrate religious holidays, such as Easter and Christmas. Perhaps those special days are just regular days of the week for them? Whilst Christians hold such occasions dear to their faith, it is important to respect that other people are different, and that’s ok!

Truth Telling

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Christians believe that there is one true God and that Christianity is the only journey to salvation. Believing in this truth is essential for all Christians, rejecting all other religions and idols. But non-Christians do not believe in this truth. A faithful Christian should aim to gently preach to non-believers, although res[ectfully and courteously. Acting arrogantly as if you know all the answers is sure to irritate others!

Aligning Politics

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Opting for a political stance that aligns with your Christian belief surely makes sense, right? Well, that might annoy other people who think you are blindly following one issue and ignoring policies they think are more important. Tread carefully and respect all points of view, understanding Christianity’s place in politics.

Converting Others

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Preaching the Word of the Lord is an essential component of Christianity, telling others of the good news that will ultimately bring them salvation. But some people do not want to listen, and that is their choice. God gave us all free will to make our own decisions. Imposing your thoughts on others is sure to irritate them.

Moral Superiority

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Humility is a vital quality of a Christian so ensure you never internalize moral superiority over your non-Christian friends. The Bible has provided you with all the answers you need, but condemning others’ lifestyles is not a Christian thing to do. Gently steer others towards good morals, but ensure you never alienate people who live their lives differently.

Intolerance

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Portraying intolerance towards people of other religions, or no religion, is not a Christian behavior so must be avoided. Showing intolerance towards others who hold opposing views to your own will create division and negativity around you.

The Wrong Moment

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Some people do not want to debate religion at a birthday party, or a funeral. Avoid irritating non-Christians by choosing the best moments to share your faith, and recognizing the most appropriate situations and audience.

Being a Hypocrite

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Talking about morality and the path to salvation is one thing; living your life to those moral standards is a completely different issue. If you do not practice what you preach, non-Christians may view you as a hypocrite.

Scientific Conflict

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Many non-Christians value science and believe in scientific consensus. Sometimes, science and Christian faith can conflict, leading Christians to reject science and place their full faith in the Bible. However, rejecting science can be frustrating for non-Christians who cannot see your viewpoint.

Sexist Roles

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Some non-Christians view outdated content in the Bible as sexist, rejecting some sexist norms in religious texts and becoming frustrating. However, it is possible to be a feminist and a Christian! Sometimes non-Christians just need to be reminded of this fact.

LGBTQ+ Issues

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Expressing homophobic attitudes to non-Christians, particularly if they are part of the LGBTQ+ community, is a sure way to offend and annoy. It is important to you as a Christian to hold complete Christian beliefs, but it is also vital that you do not offend or insult anyone. Remember that Jesus said to “love thy neighbor” so love and respect everyone, no matter how they live their lives.

Converting Children

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Many children, particularly teenagers, become curious about religion and may start to seek answers to their questions. This is particularly true of young people who have not been taught any religion in their home or school life. But it is disrespectful to preach to children without the consent of their parents. If you know a young person who is inquisitive about Christianity, involve their parents and help them on the journey of salvation together.

Social Justice

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As well as holding your faith close to your heart and following the journey of Jesus Christ, non-Christians might become irritated if you ignore prevalent social issues. In fact, social justice and theology both promote a divine love for all. Be aware of the world and society around you, offering compassion to all and trying to help social justice issues to create a better world for everyone.

Praying in Public

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Non-Christians can feel intimidated or left out if they see a large group of people praying in public. It is important to choose your setting so others do not feel upset or annoyed in any way.

Eternal Damnation

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Preaching about eternal damnation can make non-Christians fearful and persuade them to reject Christian teachings. Take it easy on your non-Christian friends and family members and gently ease them onto the journey to their own salvation.

Not Listening

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Rejecting the opinions and views of non-Christians is a definite way to irritate them. After all, why should they listen to you, but you don’t have to listen to them?! Listen to what they have to say, ask them questions, and then introduce your own Christian stance in an empathetic manner.

Lying

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Be honest with non-Christians. Never lie to them to prove a point or to show that you have led a fully Christian life as this is likely to annoy. Own up to your mistakes and share your story, sharing common ground and revealing your true humanity, faults and all.

Show Compassion and Understanding to Non-Christians

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Showing compassion and understanding at all times is the best way to avoid irritating non-Christians. Above all, be proud of your faith and your story, whilst still respecting the views and life journeys of others.

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