STEREOTYPING & Lessons from the Video: I’m Christian, But I’m Not

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: These videos are aimed at going against stereotyping and thus have an important message.  The import seems to be that individual Christians come in all varieties.  Let’s explore this deeper.

A Leadership Exercise. 

Watch these videos (including the parody of the first video with some poignant satire, both below) and answer the following questions.

  1. Is an aversion to stereotyping somewhat of a North American trait?
    • Pew Research Center surveyed people in 44 countries and found that that individualism is more prevalent and celebrated more in North America.
    • What are your thoughts?
  2. How does the “Cultural Christian / Congregational Christian / Convictional Christian” distinction apply to these videos?
    • Ed Stetzer defines the two as, “Cultural Christians … they call themselves Christian because of heritage or culture. Congregational Christians have some connection to a local church, but rarely attend. On the other hand, convictional Christians call themselves Christians like the other two categories, but they attend church services regularly and order their lives around their faith convictions.” (No, American Christianity is not dead,” CNN, 5/16/15, retrieved from
    • What are your thoughts?
  3. Does the latter (satirical) video make some points about the first video?
    • And if so, what are they?
    • What does the world need to know today to better understand these videos?

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