Saturday, 11 April 2015

Stereotypes in Politics

I imagine we all agree that stereotypes are a bad thing - especially if we use them to define our view of a group of people.

Many of us, however, struggle to use this principle in our views of political parties.

How many of us think, of one (or more parties) "I don't see how anyone can be a Christian and support them"?

The trouble is, we often hold an unfavourable stereotypical view which colours our judgement, and therefore our view of other parties is more affected by our own allegiance, than it is by anything else.

Consider this: if Christians are in a party you really hate, then that is de facto evidence that your view of that party is wrong. Let us start treating our brothers and sisters with respect, and start from the assumption that they know what they are doing.