I’m almost finished reading “unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity...and Why It Matters” by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons. It is a fascinating and educational read. First published in 2007, and based on research data collected soon before then, the book lays out the reasons behind the negatively reputation of Christians, especially among young Americans. The research showed that Christians are best known for what they are against, and not what they are for.
I found the book to be fascinating because it clearly points out the pitfalls that any group may face. There were six themes identified, and these themes are the ones that block people from seeing a group’s true message. These are the themes that raise skepticism and objections by outsiders.
• Too focuses on convincing others
• Extreme focus on one topic
• Too political
These themes do not apply only to the sharing of Christianity. Any compassion based group, one with a purposeful message to share, can fall victim to these themes. Do you find it difficult to share your compassionate viewpoint? This is a mirror to look into. The authors offer share numerous anecdotal stories to provide personal insight. They also offer solutions that address the issues behind the themes, and the solutions can be applied to many groups.
Check this book out if you are a Christian struggling with presenting your vision to an unreceptive world. Present what you are for and not what you are against. People may listen! Also check out this book if you want to genuinely live life, free of the themes presented by the authors. Filter the words through your own open heart as you seek personal improvement. The world can only benefit!