Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. – Luke 9:26
If I had a nickel for every time I heard, “I believe in God, but I choose to keep my religion private and to myself”, I’d be so rich! Yet – strangely enough, if I choose to share Christ with others, the target on my back gets shot at. Oh, you haven’t noticed that target on my back? Trust me – it’s there.
The most recent situation took place on facebook. Most of my friends there are aware of my stance about faith. I’m not ashamed to share it with anyone, and although I hope and pray it’s not annoying, I don’t apologize for my facebook posts or my blog posts. I write Christian poetry – although I have written poems that are not particularly religious, I’m not going to apologize for writing what God has inspired me to write.
Apparently one of my friends didn’t get the memo. This person ripped me a new halo about going overboard with my Christianity. Well, long story short, it ended with unfriending and blocking. Isn’t it sad when people can’t just let people post whatever they want on their own facebook wall? Last time I checked, it was still a free country – so far.
It’s my belief that some encouragement is not a bad thing in our upside-down world. Call me crazy, but a positive message of hope and love should be welcome on facebook. Oh well… I wonder who will be the next one to endure this person’s anti-religious rant? I dunno – not my circus, not my monkeys. That’s a Polish proverb – it means that it’s not my problem anymore.
I’ll just say it – nothing a human being says or does to me is going to change what I say or do. When I’m being criticized, I know it’s really my Savior being criticized. And by the way, this portion of Scripture has about 20 cross-references. You know what that tells me? It tells me that the Lord wants His children to share their faith along the way – it’s not to be held silently and hugged to yourself. My favorite portion of Scripture on the subject is Romans 1:16. Look it up – I’m too lazy to type it out. 😉
Oh alright – here’s a hint: this happens to be my favorite song too.
I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 🙂