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Marie Cook

“Mr. Jones, I know you feel bad about what you did but please don’t say you can’t forgive yourself. Do you know Jesus? Do you know that He died on the cross for you and for the sin you just committed? Do you know all you have to do is ask Jesus to forgive you? Would you like to find out how you can spend eternity with Him instead of going to hell? He loves you so much. Can I tell you how Jesus changed my life?”

This is a conversation I had with a man who had committed a crime against society when he had a bit too much to drink one night. Mr. Jones ended up asking me to send him materials on Jesus and how he could be saved while he was in jail. The first set of materials I sent him went through just fine. However, the daily devotional I sent him while he was still in jail was returned to my boss by an unbelieving young Corrections Officer who had stated that “He didn’t believe in that junk and it shouldn’t be passed around.” I found this a bit hypocritical as the jails in our area allow Forgotten Man Ministries to minister to the inmates about Christ.

Once the devotional was returned to my boss, I was then confronted about the materials I sent and was advised I could no longer share my faith nor could I hand out materials that had anything to do with Jesus. My boss hid behind the “separation of church and State” idiom that does not exist anywhere in our Constitution or Declaration of Independence. I attempted to explain to her that sharing my faith was one of my God-given, Country-given rights and to threaten me with my job was a violation of my freedom of speech rights and discrimination.

With regard to the lies of separation of church and State, our forefathers simply wanted everyone who lived in and came to America to be able to practice their own faith without forcing any other person to conform to one particular faith. The hope was that all peoples would come to faith in Christ and be saved because they had the freedom to choose.

In today’s world in many companies and businesses many of us are not allowed to share our faith or express our love and adoration for Christ. This is craziness! I am issuing a challenge to everyone who is a Christian to stand up and take back your God-given right and start sharing your faith with the lost. You have the right to share your faith; you have the right to wear the cross of the crucified Christ; you have the right to Praise the Lord! That is your First Amendment Right. So why are so many Christians cowing down to false rules and lies that say we can no longer talk about Jesus let alone introduce Him to the lost in our workplaces?

You hear people all the time taking the Lord’s name in vain and misusing His name to get a point across or to put an explanation point on their view or opinion. Yet we cannot praise our Lord or openly worship Him in our jobs or in public without dirty looks or without “offending someone?” How ludicrous is that? According to the world you can misuse the name of Jesus, God and Christ all day long but you can’t praise or glorify His name?” Stand up America and take back your right to share your faith! Bring Jesus back to your workplaces and do not be afraid!

If we offend someone by speaking the truth and sharing Christ then isn’t that their problem? Remember what Jesus said in the Bible? Luke 9:26: “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory an in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. “ In other words what Jesus was saying, in effect, was, “If you are ashamed of Me before men, then I will be ashamed of you before the Father in heaven when you stand before Him.” So are you ashamed of sharing Jesus with the lost? Are you ashamed or afraid of acknowledging your faith in Christ and sharing your salvation with men? Aren’t we, as followers of Christ, supposed to share the good news of salvation that flowed from the cross at Calvary with the lost?

Mark 16:15 states: “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Jesus said that. It wasn’t a request; it wasn’t a suggestion; it was a clear cut order from the Master; the King of Kings and Lord of Lords – Jesus Christ. We are to go into where? All the world! Where do you work? In the world. Where are we to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ? In the world and that includes our workplaces!

We are not to worry or concern ourselves about what others will think of us. Our command was to go into all the world and share the gospel of Christ with the lost. The only opinion we should be concerned with is that of Jesus; not men. Besides, are you truly going to withhold the good news of Jesus Christ and keep someone from going to heaven because you might offend them or because you are afraid of worldly consequences?

Let’s bring this home with an example. Say you work in an office and there is a younger girl who clearly does not know the Lord. She goes out and parties every weekend; gets drunk, fools around, and every Monday comes into work hung over and is not very productive. Now, you go to work and do your job and you are very good at what you do. You are a Christian and you have heard the command of Jesus to share your faith and good news with the “world” or lost. Your heart goes out to this girl because you know she is on the wrong path and is heading for destruction. You feel the Holy Spirit stir within you and you feel prompted to share your faith with this girl but you are reluctant. Your reluctance gives satan a strong foothold on your decision.

You feel the Holy Spirit stronger now. You feel a strong desire to share your faith with this girl but you are afraid she may be offended. Maybe she will accept your words; however, given her current lifestyle, she will probably reject you; or worse yet, tell your boss that you were pushing your faith on her. You come up with every excuse in the book, including the fear of potentially losing your job and finally make the decision not to share Jesus with this young woman. After all, what will the rest of your co-workers think? You have reasoned that it is better to be quiet and protect your job and avoid possible ridicule from others than to dare to share Christ with this lost young woman. You feel justified in your rebellion to not share your faith and you think, “Someone else can do it; I’ll just say a little prayer for her and hope God brings someone into her life to lead her to Christ.” But what if God choose you to lead her to Christ? Your pride takes over and you silence the Holy Spirit within you and don’t give it a second thought.

A few weeks pass. This woman then goes out one Friday evening; gets drunk and dies behind the wheel of her car. Where is she? Where do you think she ended up; heaven or hell? Do you think that maybe she would have cried out to Jesus if you had introduced Him to her? What excuse will you give Jesus when you stand before Him and He asks you why you didn’t share your faith with that girl?

Recently, I have been confronted with the symbol of the cross. Tell me satan is not at work here. Unfortunately, he is and he has scrambled the minds of men; including many Christians in the workplace. There is a woman who has the cancer pink ribbon symbol attached to her emails so that whenever she sends out an email this little ribbon is at the end of her name. I thought that was pretty interesting and if she can express her passion for wanting to stamp out breast cancer then I can have a little gold cross at the end of my name that shares my passion for the Lord Jesus and my faith.

It didn’t take long before I was confronted by my boss who also claims to be a Christian. I was told that it was the policy of the company that no symbols could be used in email communication. I stated that I was okay with that as long as the pink ribbon had to go too. I was assured that it would and was told this woman would be asked to remove the ribbon. The ribbon was never removed and she is, to this day, allowed to use that symbol after her name but I am not allowed to use a small gold cross after my name.

Ah, the power of the cross! Apparently, it makes people who are not saved very uncomfortable but isn’t that the point? Are we trying to woo people to Christ or are we so timid and afraid of the big bad world that we cower at the thought of what people will say and think about us? Who should we be trying to please – God or men?

Let’s talk about being offended. Why do we have to tip toe around our faith so as not to offend an unbeliever? Why is it okay to offend a Christian but not an unbeliever? I am offended by devil horns; people taking the Lord’s name in vain; skull and cross bones depicted as “cool” and a host of other offense language and worldly symbols. However, that doesn’t seem to matter. The clear message to Christians is it is okay to glorify evil and wrong doing but it is not okay to share our faith of Jesus with others. This is what I am talking about when I say we, as devote followers of Christ, need to stand up for our God-given rights and share the good news with everyone we meet. I do not want to miss an opportunity to share my faith and potentially lead someone out of the gates of hell and into the glorious arms of Jesus.

Can I get real honest with you? I am going to lay it on the line and share with you a small portion of my heart. I can honestly say that I have a fiery spirit and I am not afraid of confrontation nor am I afraid of offending man when it comes to expressing my love for Jesus and my faith in Him. I can also honestly say I do not care what men say or think about me. Those are some very strong statements! How can I honestly say these things and have such a fiery spirit? Because Jesus took my junk from the abuse I suffered and set me free. All my life I was told I was nothing; wouldn’t amount to anything; wasn’t good enough to be successful. I was beaten without mercy; emotionally down trodden to the point that death was a welcome avenue and so spiritually misled that I almost bought into the lie and sent myself to hell. Then Jesus set me free! That is why I can proclaim Jesus from the rooftops and not be ashamed. He has healed me; restored me; given me beauty for ashes and put me on the right path speaking words of truth into my heart and soul. I love Jesus with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength and I want every human being on this earth to feel His love, mercy, forgiveness and grace for themselves.

I have tasted hate. I have tasted an anger that had the potential to boil over into something very bad. I have felt that strong pull and desire of vengeance and revenge. Being perfectly honest, that tasted good for a time. What I didn’t realize was that I was craving love, mercy, and grace so much that I had sealed myself off and love, mercy, kindness and gentleness actually hurt and didn’t feel good to me. I relished the dark side because I believed the lie that I had no worth, no value and nothing to offer anyone. Once the Lord got a hold of my heart and started to change me; He showed me how love feels; what grace and mercy were about and His great love for me. He showed me that He died for me and my sin on the cross. How can I not share that freedom with others? How can I go to a place that I spend as much time at as my home and not share the love of Christ? I don’t know about you, but the thought of having to answer to Jesus for not sharing my faith with a lost person is ten times worse than the thought of offending someone. I would rather lose my job for sharing Christ than to have not shared Him and watch someone perish.

If you are like me then you have had a taste of the goodness of Jesus you want more. When you want more you want to share with others so they too can know this same love. Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”

Finally, the Lord’s return is very near. When He comes back in a twinkling of an eye we will be caught up to meet Him in the air for the rapture. At that time, He will remove the Holy Spirit from the world and the anti-Christ will take over. As you see yourself moving upwards you look down and see the people you were going to share your faith with, someday, still standing on the earth and looking up in disbelief. How are you going to feel? You know what is in store for those left behind and it isn’t pretty. Someday is now. Don’t wait. Share your faith; wear your crosses and tell everyone the good news of Jesus Christ. If you don’t, who will? If Jesus has sent you then don’t be the one who makes excuses and justifications for your own self-protection. It is far greater to be shunned here and have shared your faith than not to have shared your faith and condemn someone to hell because they didn’t know Jesus. Remember that their response to what you share is not your issue or problem. Jesus said share your faith. Don’t worry about the response; leave the results to Jesus.

I write about the lies of separation of church and State in my book in more detail. My book is entitled “Surviving Abuse: A Journey to Forgiveness and Freedom.” I would encourage you to pick up a copy and learn for yourself the meaning of separation of church and State. First, it does not exist and second, it is just another ploy by satan to confuse men into not sharing the good news of salvation with the lost. Go share your faith with someone today. You just may save a life. By the way, Mr. Jones did accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and all the condemnation I received from my boss was worth that one life now on the way to heaven and out of the clutches of hell.

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