Frequently I encounter atheists who want to stereotype all Christians as illiterate, superstitious hypocrites.
This is unfair and untrue.
But it's just as unfair to characterize all atheists as ungodly, uncaring and mean.
I recently saw a Christian movie that meant well but presented this picture of atheists. It wasn't realistic.
Sometimes we Christians oversimplify things, and this makes us look foolish.
When we share Christ, we need to throw out our stereotypes and formulas, treating people as individuals not debate opponents.
Don't get me wrong. I think we should be well-prepared to answer questions about our faith. Scripture commands it (1 Peter 3:15).
But we shouldn't think that reciting memorized lines or learning debate tactics will win souls to Christ.
The best "formula" for seeing our friends and loved ones converted is to love them, pray for them and be sensitive to the Spirit's promptings.
With Jesus' help we can quit seeing and quit being stereotypes.