Proclaim Your Faith to the Heavens!
“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” – Psalm 96:3
Behold this magnificent verse of Scripture. With proclamations such as this, is there any doubt that God commands us to spread his Good – no, “Marvelous” – Word?
The Bible is full of verses exhorting Christ’s followers to speak their faith. The message couldn’t be clearer. Our voices should echo God’s glory at every opportunity.
Yet, few of us do.
Being a disciple of Christ means many things. We should demonstrate love. Act with kindness. Be slow to judge, and quick to apologize. Help our fellow man (and woman) whenever possible.
The verbal part, though, eludes many. Why do most people of faith hold their tongue?
We’re all capable. Scripture is loaded with guidance on the “how.” Similarly, we know God empowers us.
Let’s be blunt: It’s because Christians have been instructed from many secular corners -some would say beaten down – that they should be quiet, lest they “offend” someone. Heaven forbid (pun intended) that a non-believer’s ears should be scorched with words of the Gospel.
Yet, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (based in Madison, Wis.) and secular progressives never shy away from public pronouncements against God. Just mention inserting God into schools, public places, workspaces or anywhere that people gather, and they go ballistic. If a person of faith is offended by their words or actions … well, suck it up, you religious rat.
Yet, all around us, we see chaos, division and hopelessness. Any doubt these are connected with society increasingly turning away from Christ … and his directive that “just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34)?
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 28:19
Covering the world in Christ was a founding goal of C Suite for Christ – and indeed, we’re doing so. More than 600 Christian business executives are associated with the
organization, with several in faraway lands (South Africa, anyone?) joining our monthly gatherings via the web.
Still, covering the world in Christ is a lofty goal. A team effort is required.
We all have a role to play. No one expects you to be Billy Graham, or Joel Osteen, or Janice Meyer. God provides all the ability you need.
Never fear, either: You don’t have to step too far out of your comfort zone … although what’s the worst that could happen? Your secret identity as a Christian is revealed to the world?
For starters, consider a few tweaks to your everyday discourse. Insert some Biblical language, which offers plenty of synonyms for common verbiage:
- In your next e-mail, instead of writing you “hope” someone is well, mention you “pray” they’re well instead.
- In everyday speech, rather than citing how “lucky” or “fortunate” you are, note how you’re “blessed.”
- When an opportunity arises to agree with someone, respond with “amen” or, to really make a point, “hallelujah!”
See the difference? Minor, perhaps … yet maybe just different enough that someone could ask, and you’ll have the chance to share the love of God with them.
Spend time on social media? Who doesn’t these days, right? So, here’s a challenge: Share one post a week on your favorite platform that reflects your Christian beliefs.
If we all do this, and each post gets 300 impressions or so, we’re reaching a seriously large number of people. Not everyone might agree with you – which is their right – and you could have the opportunity to turn the other cheek to a nasty remark or two.
Following Christ’s guidance is not always easy. Nor fun. We know it’s right, though.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9
God commands us to go into the world and spread the Good News. This is what covering the world in Christ is all about.
You don’t need a soapbox, or a bullhorn, or even a stage. You just need to make clear, in ways subtle and overt, that you will not hide who you are.
You see, it’s really not important who you are. It’s Who’s in you that makes all the difference. Speak out, and see if God doesn’t find his way into those awaiting him … because they just needed to hear it from someone already fulfilled.
(If you’re ready to embrace Christ, He’s ready for you. Visit C Suite for Christ to join in Christ-centered fellowship with other professionals. Submit a prayer request for a pressing need in your life. Participate in a virtual prayer session to ask God to be with those who have submitted requests. Follow C Suite for Christ on LinkedIn and Facebook. Questions? Contact Paul M. Neuberger at (414) 313-8338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)