Do people around you know you are a Christian? Your co-workers? Family? Friends? Neighbors? Strangers? How about the people you engage in social networking with, like blogging, tweeting, Facebook, etc?
Jesus teaches that we should not be ashamed of Him or He will be ashamed of us when He returns to overthrow the deceiver of this world (Mark 8:38). I believe this statement should carry on to every relationship and circumstance we find ourselves in, no matter how difficult it can be.
Personally, it’s pretty easy to do this as a Youth Director at our church, because it’s my responsibility to lead young people to Christ and teach them what the Bible says about the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. I think if anyone were in that position or any other position as a volunteer, paid staff, etc., they could find it easy to surround themselves with other believers and live unashamed as a Christian, also.
What I’m talking about, is what we do outside the church walls. Work and school can be difficult places to claim we believe in Christ, because the world doesn’t share the same belief. Many people you may know, don’t care much about God or have different beliefs about who God is. Many times we, as believers, feel uncomfortable or seem to make others feel uncomfortable in our day-to-day experiences with people in our sphere of influence.
The Bible makes it pretty clear that we should be unashamed of Him in this world, so we should act in ways that represent Him often and every where that we go. We don’t have to announce with a bull-horn to our cube-mates that we believe in Jesus or anything like that, but when we practice showing love to others in a way that Christ did when He walked the earth, people will notice. They will approach you one day and ask why you do the things you do. That’s a great opportunity to share Christ with them. I only say this because I know this has been more effective in my own personal life than when I’ve used Bible-thumping, overly critical approaches when I was younger.
I have recently realized that this subject really applies to our social networking avenues, too! Anyone who has blogged recently knows how easy it is to hide behind a keyboard and let loose angry outbursts, hateful jokes, verbal attacks and the like. I have, in the past, used anonymous screen names to blog on local news sites to “troll” along and cause cyber trouble. I have also been the victim of people doing the same to me. It’s really easy to make stupid jokes and pick on people to get them to react a certain way. It’s also really immature and doesn’t really spread any love. It just creates more chaos and makes people feel bad about themselves.
I only share this to show that even in the social networking outlets, we should be mindful of what Jesus expects from us. We should not be ashamed of Him, even when we are logged into our favorite blog site. You don’t have to share personal information, but perhaps share or spread God’s love where people really need it!
This hub has been aimed for those who have accepted Christ in their hearts and trust Him as their Lord and Savior. If anyone reading this shares in that belief, please consider asking yourself if you have areas in your life that need work in this area. I know I struggle with this as much as anyone else, but hopefully this can serve as a simple reminder that we should be proud and unashamed of what God has done for us!
If you have never asked Christ to come into your heart, maybe now is the time. It is a decision that you will never regret!
Romans 8:37-39 – “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”