Could your beliefs cause a riot?: Faith, culture and Google searches that reveal religious stereotypes

Over at the Holy Kaw blog today they referred to a Venn Diagram from Blame It On The Voices that shows what a Google search finds by putting “why are Muslims so…” in the search bar and doing the same with “Christians” and “Jews”. As you can see in the diagram, the words that came out are not at all flattering and depict stereotypes.

A famous NPR journalist was recently fired for his insensitivity to Muslim people in public comments. I recently wrote and had a discussion on the controversy of the  local mosque in Temecula on this blog. I believe faith and culture collide more in our daily life than we care to admit in our pluralistic society.

One thing cannot change, regardless of our postmodern thought evolution’s influence on us and our culture.  Our belief will impact and change culture and often that is where sparks will fly. In the Bible the story of the riot of Ephesus among idol makers in Acts 19:23 depicts such a conflict. Local tradesman and merchants were enraged at the message that contradicted not only their religion but how it impacted their culture and commerce.

What Christian thinking do you have that if lived out enough today might cause a riot?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

30 comments

  1. LOL … well … there’s always that famous story about St. Francis of Assisi ;). I’m guessing that if I were to give away all of my clothes in a public setting and walk off naked, it might cause a riot … and not in a good way.
    I am taking this seriously … I think that if a Christian takes Jesus’ commands about how to treat the poor seriously and then to extremes it has the potential to start a riot. Living that radically can cause discomfort amongst neighbors.

    1. Sonja, I love your humor as always!
      Thanks for your thoughtfulness and I am sure S. Francis winked as he read that. (I am pretty sure he is up there amused by my blog, right?)

  2. LOL … well … there’s always that famous story about St. Francis of Assisi ;). I’m guessing that if I were to give away all of my clothes in a public setting and walk off naked, it might cause a riot … and not in a good way.
    I am taking this seriously … I think that if a Christian takes Jesus’ commands about how to treat the poor seriously and then to extremes it has the potential to start a riot. Living that radically can cause discomfort amongst neighbors.

    1. Sonja, I love your humor as always!
      Thanks for your thoughtfulness and I am sure S. Francis winked as he read that. (I am pretty sure he is up there amused by my blog, right?)

  3. LOL … well … there’s always that famous story about St. Francis of Assisi ;). I’m guessing that if I were to give away all of my clothes in a public setting and walk off naked, it might cause a riot … and not in a good way.
    I am taking this seriously … I think that if a Christian takes Jesus’ commands about how to treat the poor seriously and then to extremes it has the potential to start a riot. Living that radically can cause discomfort amongst neighbors.

    1. Sonja, I love your humor as always!
      Thanks for your thoughtfulness and I am sure S. Francis winked as he read that. (I am pretty sure he is up there amused by my blog, right?)

  4. LOL … well … there’s always that famous story about St. Francis of Assisi ;). I’m guessing that if I were to give away all of my clothes in a public setting and walk off naked, it might cause a riot … and not in a good way.
    I am taking this seriously … I think that if a Christian takes Jesus’ commands about how to treat the poor seriously and then to extremes it has the potential to start a riot. Living that radically can cause discomfort amongst neighbors.

    1. Sonja, I love your humor as always!
      Thanks for your thoughtfulness and I am sure S. Francis winked as he read that. (I am pretty sure he is up there amused by my blog, right?)

  5. LOL … well … there’s always that famous story about St. Francis of Assisi ;). I’m guessing that if I were to give away all of my clothes in a public setting and walk off naked, it might cause a riot … and not in a good way.
    I am taking this seriously … I think that if a Christian takes Jesus’ commands about how to treat the poor seriously and then to extremes it has the potential to start a riot. Living that radically can cause discomfort amongst neighbors.

    1. Sonja, I love your humor as always!
      Thanks for your thoughtfulness and I am sure S. Francis winked as he read that. (I am pretty sure he is up there amused by my blog, right?)

  6. Interesting.
    In watching how the world reels when a Muslim is persecuted and celebrates when a Christian receives the same attention, I’m left wondering if this is because Christians, don’t actually take their faith seriously enough to defend it (correctly, of course).

    I suppose you could argue that this is just another stereotype, I certainly think it is. But I have to ask: what have we done wrong that many are totally willing to take pot shots at the only one who loves them?

    1. Cory, thanks for your thoughts.
      “Faith lived needs not a defense.”

      I think that it perhaps could mean Christians actually are more tolerant. Our heritage was coming to America in her founding to create a place where free thought would be the law. This perhaps is why our nation is unique. Our stereotyped-media-bent image does not reflect our heritage, however.

  7. Interesting.
    In watching how the world reels when a Muslim is persecuted and celebrates when a Christian receives the same attention, I’m left wondering if this is because Christians, don’t actually take their faith seriously enough to defend it (correctly, of course).
    I suppose you could argue that this is just another stereotype, I certainly think it is. But I have to ask: what have we done wrong that many are totally willing to take pot shots at the only one who loves them?

    1. Cory, thanks for your thoughts.
      “Faith lived needs not a defense.”
      I think that it perhaps could mean Christians actually are more tolerant. Our heritage was coming to America in her founding to create a place where free thought would be the law. This perhaps is why our nation is unique. Our stereotyped-media-bent image does not reflect our heritage, however.

  8. Interesting.
    In watching how the world reels when a Muslim is persecuted and celebrates when a Christian receives the same attention, I’m left wondering if this is because Christians, don’t actually take their faith seriously enough to defend it (correctly, of course).

    I suppose you could argue that this is just another stereotype, I certainly think it is. But I have to ask: what have we done wrong that many are totally willing to take pot shots at the only one who loves them?

    1. Cory, thanks for your thoughts.
      “Faith lived needs not a defense.”

      I think that it perhaps could mean Christians actually are more tolerant. Our heritage was coming to America in her founding to create a place where free thought would be the law. This perhaps is why our nation is unique. Our stereotyped-media-bent image does not reflect our heritage, however.

  9. Interesting.
    In watching how the world reels when a Muslim is persecuted and celebrates when a Christian receives the same attention, I’m left wondering if this is because Christians, don’t actually take their faith seriously enough to defend it (correctly, of course).

    I suppose you could argue that this is just another stereotype, I certainly think it is. But I have to ask: what have we done wrong that many are totally willing to take pot shots at the only one who loves them?

    1. Cory, thanks for your thoughts.
      “Faith lived needs not a defense.”

      I think that it perhaps could mean Christians actually are more tolerant. Our heritage was coming to America in her founding to create a place where free thought would be the law. This perhaps is why our nation is unique. Our stereotyped-media-bent image does not reflect our heritage, however.

  10. Interesting.
    In watching how the world reels when a Muslim is persecuted and celebrates when a Christian receives the same attention, I’m left wondering if this is because Christians, don’t actually take their faith seriously enough to defend it (correctly, of course).

    I suppose you could argue that this is just another stereotype, I certainly think it is. But I have to ask: what have we done wrong that many are totally willing to take pot shots at the only one who loves them?

    1. Cory, thanks for your thoughts.
      “Faith lived needs not a defense.”

      I think that it perhaps could mean Christians actually are more tolerant. Our heritage was coming to America in her founding to create a place where free thought would be the law. This perhaps is why our nation is unique. Our stereotyped-media-bent image does not reflect our heritage, however.

  11. That depends on where the riot will be. Half the time I think living out Christian thinking will start a riot in a lot of churches.

  12. That depends on where the riot will be. Half the time I think living out Christian thinking will start a riot in a lot of churches.

  13. That depends on where the riot will be. Half the time I think living out Christian thinking will start a riot in a lot of churches.

  14. That depends on where the riot will be. Half the time I think living out Christian thinking will start a riot in a lot of churches.

  15. That depends on where the riot will be. Half the time I think living out Christian thinking will start a riot in a lot of churches.

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