We need to be smarter about our witness in the world.
Taking a cultural stand in society today and linking it with our Christian faith may not be the best thing to do. It can make us look like supporters of a static faith, one that wants to go backward rather than forward; a faith that longs for the bygone days when “this-far-and-no-farther” ultimatums meant something. It looks like a memorized faith rather than an internalized one. It’s hit and run Christianity — all words and separation. It’s not the words that are needed as much as the touchable, everyday expressions of the gospel that come through human hands, heart and conversation. We need to be connecting with our world, not separating from it. We need to build bridges to our culture, not create fault lines.
More than anything, we need to get down and be the gospel instead of just standing up for it or talking about it. This is where a fearless faith trusts the Holy Spirit to do His work with the meager offerings we bring. Not every question has to be answered. Not every error has to be corrected. Not every truth has to be told. God knows how much is enough. If it were up to us and our grand powers of persuasion, we would have cause to fear. But our faith is fearless because it does not depend on us. It’s fearless faith that can walk away knowing there is an interpreter — that God is tugging on people from the inside, that God has His own invisible cords connected to their hearts, that there is a voice from within to echo our voice from without and confirm the truth, that deep calls unto deep, and some of it is deeper than our own consciousness.
It’s a fearless faith that can set someone off on a search in any direction and know that God will direct their steps to Himself. A fearless faith goes both ways. It gives and receives. It learns and teaches. It recognizes the gems of truth as all cut from the same stone. It does not demand correct interpretation and all the right words. It looks for the meaning behind the words more than the words themselves. It primarily demands honesty and a broken heart.
Some people today reject Christianity simply because it’s Christian and they are predisposed against Christians. Yet they may be turned off to Christianity but still open to truth. People can reject Christianity and still accept Christ, but it’s going to take someone they respect to show them the difference. Like you. It could easily be you, and someone might just find out they like you in spite of your Christianity, which means they will eventually have to give your faith a closer look.
The message is not just words. We contain the message in our hearts. We are bearers of Christ. A life is usually the most powerful message, and a broken life is even a better carrier than a perfect one. We err when we make the message and the image more important than the real life behind it.