Last night I read a really good post by a popular blogger. She interacts in the entertainment community and is a Christian. She does so by showing , demonstrating, her different lifestyle of peace and joy. She does not want to be “in you face” about her beliefs.
I guess Jesus was not either. He did speak about his beliefs all the time; yet, he did not call for a new religion. He extended the law and made it more broad: rather than committing murder …now if you hate someone you are guilty of full fledged murder. Rather than real adultery (as in a physical affair)…now lusting after someone in your heart and mind silently – you are guilty of it. Think Jimmy Carter Scandal 1970’s Not even to mention Bill Clinton holding up Yasser Afarat while he had a blow job in real life.
And yet, I wonder if just being happy and peaceful will make others around us ask what is different? What do you think?
How many of you have just been polite– and the cashier said “Wow you are so nice. What is going on with you?”
It has never happened to me outside of a 12 step recovery room. It has not happened at the store, nor the library, where I compliment people with sincere specific compliments all the time. It never happened when I looked the other way when people at work tried to ruin my day/ run me down/ cause an issue for me.
How many times has anyone asked you if you are a Christian?
OR what brings you joy and/or peace while you go through so much?
How many of you let them know you are going through much to begin with – let alone show joy and peace in it to set an example???!!!
This is real– people.
There are a LOT of nice people who do not believe in a god at all. Not God, Not Allah, Not the God’s of Hinduism,– nothing. And it is becoming more and more a big issue. The young adults of today do not see a reason to believe in something…and certainly something that can’t be proven without a shadow of doubt.
But if you can prove it all—why need faith?
A couple months ago I heard the Spirit in my heart say “Evangelist.”
WHAT???? ME??? Are you kidding??!!!!!
Most of you who read me regularly know I talk in general terms unless I am quoting the scripture directly. I have NEVER gone up to a single person and asked them if they believe in Christ or even God. I have randomly prayed on the spot for people but did not ask them if they were a Christian...just if I could pray for them.
Penn Jillette said “ And I’ve always said, you know, that I don’t respect people that don’t proselytize.I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and hell, and people could be going to hell — or not getting eternal life, or whatever — and you think that, “Well, it’s not really worth tellin’ ’em this, because it would make it socially awkward”, and atheists who think that people shouldn’t proselytize, “Just leave me alone. Keep your religion to yourself”... How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? I mean, if I believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you and you didn’t believe it —that truck was bearing down on you — there’s a certain point where I tackle you, and this is more important than that. “A Gift of a Bible“, Penn Says episode 192 (2008-12-09), Crackle, 2:59
That sentence is convicting. “How much do I have to hate a person to let them go to the Hell I whole heartedly believe in….just because of social awkwardness.”
SO I am more afraid to offend someone and be looked at as foolish than to save someone from eternal damnation, pain, torture, no escape?
Look, I admitted I am not an evangelist by nature—furthest from it besides Atheists and Agnostics. I have friends who are of other faiths and I speak their language when talking to them. There are points we agree on and put it that way. I make room for their God.
Is Christianity the only way? That is the crux of the issue.
If I believe that only faith in Jesus as the Son of God, and, that he died for forgiveness of sins…if i believe that... then why would I settle for being a nice person like many people who are just not rude, yet don’t believe in anything? Why wouldn’t I be concerned for their eternal safety and want them to get in line with what can save them from eternal pain.
It has really hit home tonight. I do not preach the gospel. I do not preach one way to God. But on the other hand – I know that being kind and polite will never get someone asking “WHY ARE YOU LIKE THIS” unless a crisis hits. And are we actually hoping for that?
Maybe I am an evangelist deep down inside.
Or maybe I am like my son (who is NOT a believer in any religion) “if you claim a faith you must follow that faith to the letter. Else why do you believe? It is not pick and choose. That is not religion.”
Oh there is a part of me that wants to clean this all up.
To tell you I believe 100% of the time always. That I see the errors of other peoples beliefs. But that is not my life. I went to seminary (grad school to become a Pastor) and LOST MY FAITH. Things are still not simple for me although its has been 18 years since I walked away . I came back to Christianity 3 years ago.
All I know is that tonight I was convicted that living a nice, polite life, will not necessarily ever get anyone to ask you why you are different. Maybe once in a while—but even most of you when I asked– earlier were in agreement You DON’T Get Stopped Regularly About Why You Are Different!!!! And that is because you, we, are not sharing it and announcing it in subtle ways even.
I know this may have started a fire storm.
I know my Muslim friends may take a step back.
But at the end of the day, I think most people will accept that I am being authentic with what I believe and the struggle there in. Life is filled with doubts. But sometimes, something comes along and I realize I just can’t keep living this way if what I believe is at risk.
Until Next Time~
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