Checklist For Christian Privilege

Christian privileges are any of those advantages that are bestowed upon Christians in quite a number of societies. Here are tips you need that will make you understand Christian privileges and prevent you from marginalizing the non-believers.

  • You can take some time off work and celebrate religious holidays together.
  • Use readily accessible music and television related Christian programs to sensitize people.
  • Find stores that carry Christian based items that enable you to practice your faith collectively and stand up to any form of marginalization.
  • Don’t be pressured to celebrate holidays from any other faith that might conflict with your religious values.
  • Understand that holidays celebration in your faith are so widely supported which means they aren’t limited to your faith
  • Know that you can worship freely, without fear of violence or threats.
  • Using a bumper sticker in support of your religion won’t lead to your car being vandalized.
  • You can practice your religious customs without being questioned, mocked, or inhibited today.
  • Remember that when swearing an oath, you will be allowed to place your hand on a religious scripture pertaining to your faith
  • Positive references to your faith are seen dozens of times a day by everyone, regardless of their faith.
  • Politicians responsible for your governance are probably members of your faith.
  • Politicians can make decisions citing your faith without being labeled as heretics or extremists.
  • It is easy for you to find your faith accurately depicted in television, movies, books, and other media.
  • You can reasonably assume that anyone you encounter will have a decent understanding of your beliefs.
  • You will not be penalized (socially or otherwise) for not knowing other people’s religious customs.
  • Your faith is accepted/supported at your workplace.
  • You can go into any career you want without it being associated with or explained by your faith.
  • You can travel to any part of the country and know your religion will be accepted, safe, and you will have access to religious spaces to practice your faith.
  • Your faith can be an aspect of your identity without being a defining aspect
  • You can be polite, gentle, or peaceful, and not be considered an “exception” to those practicing your faith.
  • Fundraising to support congregations of your faith will not be investigated as potentially threatening or terrorist behavior.
  • Construction of spaces of worship will not likely be halted due to your faith.
  • You are never asked to speak on behalf of all the members of your faith.
  • You can go anywhere and assume you will be surrounded by members of your faith.
  • Without special effort, your children will have a multitude of teachers who share your faith.
  • Without special effort, your children will have a multitude of friends who share your faith.
  • It is easily accessible for you or your children to be educated from kindergarten through post-grad at institutions of your faith.
  • Disclosing your faith to an adoption agency will not likely prevent you from being able to adopt children.
  • In the event of a divorce, the judge won’t immediately grant custody of your children to your ex because of your faith.
  • Your faith is taught or offered as a course in most public institutions.
  • You can complain about your religion being under attack without it being perceived as an attack on another religion
  • You can dismiss the idea that identifying with your faith bears certain privileges.

As a Christian, I have come to understand these unearned privileges. Today, I enjoy them with high hopes that other Christians will too.  They pose no harm to anyone and will allow you to share widely your faith irrespective of boundaries.

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