I am always amazed at how timid Christians become when they are in conversations about God outside of their church building. It seems to me that people are more worried about not offending someone than they are about their convictions/beliefs. The question then becomes: are you making tolerance your ideology? Jesus has said that you cannot serve two masters (Matt. 6:24). Which one are you going to serve?
I am by no means urging Christians to go out and impose their religion on another person. No, instead I am merely pointing out the current Christian mind-set of avoiding “controversy” because of their particular beliefs. Why won’t Christians discuss God? It is because they either (a) don’t know how (b) are afraid that their beliefs will be challenged, or (c) want to avoid losing a “friend”, or “offending” someone.
Well, first off, if you don’t know how to speak about God, it’s time for you to do a little more studying (in other words, be a responsible Christian). Secondly, if you are afraid your beliefs will be challenged, then it sounds like your faith isn’t a strong as Jesus says it should be. Again, go back and read the Bible more; search for different avenues to study the faith. It also helps to practice talking to someone about your faith, maybe another believer.
Last, if you are afraid of offending someone, then you need to re-evaluate your priorities. Simply saying what you believe to a friend should not upset them (if they truly are your friend). Am I saying to tell them out of no where, “Hey, did you know Jesus is the son of God?” No not necessarily, I am telling you that when conversations about God, Jesus, science, evolution, etc. come up, do not run away with your tail tucked between your legs.
God has been made a “taboo topic” as of late. Sure, the entertainment industry is making millions off of Jesus’ name, but then we find that it becomes offensive to wish someone a “merry Christmas”. Unfortunately, this has scared many people, and as a result, they hide their Christianity.
So please, be responsible and convicted in your beliefs. God has become a taboo topic as of late, and that is not okay.
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My belief is that like every other endeavor, let God guide you as to when you talk and what you say. If you ask Him to control your tongue, you will speak when he can use your testimony in His service. I am never uncomfortable, speaking about God in any setting, but at the same time, I want my words to be His words. I've seen too many people in their rush to evangelize, who have turned somebody off on God, where a more respectful, non-judgmental conversation mnight have opened the door a crack. Good article! Jerry Rasmussen
I do agree with the previous comment on your article. I would like to add that if JESUS is your LORD, how can you not talk about him? If HE is the love of your life and is everything to you, you will talk about HIM to others, but there are ways to do this as said by Jerry. We have to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit for the timing. This is an excellent article and I thank you for sharing it with us. GOD BLESS YOU