The numbers attending church are going down. Those that go are getting older. The fact of the matter is this. Being a Christian in the secular society is neither cool nor easy. Those of us that are face daily prosecution for our faith. Anywhere from the accusations of being a “Bible Thumper” or being laughed at for believing in something one has to have faith in because we cannot see it. The news does not make it any easier to be a Christian. It shows many intolerant aggressive Christians protesting various societal norms. We are often defined by the actions of a few than what the majority do and see.
In many ways true embolden Christians are ostracized by the society they live in more so than any of the LGBT community or Muslims. As Christians, our Christianity is at its brightest inside the confines of our holy sanctuaries. Once we leave Holy Ground, we cover up our light with a basket and mask ourselves with our real world personas in order to continue on living in the crumbling society around us. Similar to the actions of the Disciples after the resurrection, we hide in fear to spread the news of salvation, freedom and everlasting life because we live in a survival like manner. Fear is not something that comes from the Lord. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV).
Therefore, a majority of today’s Christians live in two separate worlds. The world of our Heavenly Father when we are on Holy Ground and then the world we live in Monday -Saturday. The thing we fail to remember was individuals have died so that our beliefs may live on and continue. Some of these individuals include St. Stephen, St. Andrew, and St. Peter. The first martyr for the faith, however, was Jesus Christ. He was killed for his message and those that followed him often died in the same manner because of the message he spread. Our fear for how we are perceived by others should not be what forces us to put on our masks to the world. We shall not die by showing who we are and professing our beliefs on this world. We shall find joy in allowing ourselves be the light of the world to future Christians.
In the midst of tragedies of Orlando, California, and New York. Those that the media focuses on are seen living out their beliefs. Right, wrong or indifferent. So why as Christians do we hide ours? If individuals are willing to die for their sins, should we not be willing to die for our salvation? Should we not as Christians embrace the sinner, love the person and not the sin? We should look at ourselves before we begin to judge others in a condemning manner. (Matthew 7, KJV) Jesus ate with sinners and loved them. He often healed them of their sins for their faith in him. Jesus did not judge man by his sins. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:17 (KJV).
It is hard being a Christian. “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23 (KJV). However, the Lord never ask us to do something he would not do himself. We do not have all the answers but we must be embolden enough to share our faith with others. Share in the salvation we have received in being in the body of Christ. Because of the actions of a few the entire Christian world is often judged. Should it be this way NO!! However, the Lord has given us the power of the Holy Ghost to spread his word and share our faith. Failing to be the same person you are on Holy Ground as you are in your day-to-day life crucifies our Lord again. “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 (KJV). It is time to embolden ourselves Christians and take up the sword of truth, which is the Word of God, and become proud to become a Christian again. Ephesians 6:17.