Inspired by Matthew 10
There are two things a person should never speak of: religion and politics.
Many Christian people subscribe to this personal philosophy. I don’t. To find out why, just crack your Bible open to Matthew, chapter 10.
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)
God wants us to talk about Him (the religion part). Yes, this is uncomfortable for many to do. We come up with a lot of excuses:
— “I don’t want to impose my religion or my God on anyone.”
— “What if I’m known as a “Holy Roller” or “Jesus Freak”?
— “That’s personal.”
When we share the gospel, we are not forcing our faith on others. Instead, we are giving them a chance to hear about our Father. Next, we testify how He has worked in our lives and the lives of others we know. Then, we allow the individual to decide if they would like to learn more. You are a walking advertisement for God. You aren’t selling religion–you’re helping to save souls.
Holy Roller. Jesus Freak. If someone calls you that, say “Thank you,” and mean it! We should wear those titles with even more pride than “Packers Fan” or “Stay-At-Home Mom” or “Honor Roll Student”. Since we are to find our identity in Christ, those titles are fitting!
Sharing religion is personal. Yes. When we talk about our experiences with Him, it is. However, God is not just our own Father. He is everyone’s Daddy–even the people who don’t know about Him! We can’t be selfish. We need to share Him like we shared our earthly fathers with our siblings.
One of my all-time favorite movies is “Elf”. Believe it or not, Buddy the Elf gives us a good, albeit, awkward, example of a testimony on how he found his father and his love for him. Remember the part when Buddy’s father asks him perform his singing telegram? Here’s what he “sang”:
“I’m… I’m here with my dad. And we never met. And he wants me to sing him a song. And, um, I was adopted. But you didn’t know I was born. So I’m here now. I found you, Daddy. And guess what? I love you. I love you. I love you!”
Christians, God wants us to talk about Him, but it doesn’t have to be in a singing telegram. He also wants us to talk about politics. We don’t have to specifically mention political parties or candidates’ names, but we absolutely must express how we feel about issues, especially those pertaining to abortion, marriage, and religious freedom. Write and call our government representatives regarding their votes on these issues. Enlighten those running for office how we feel about these hot topics. Also, we should feel an obligation to inform our fellow Christians of where these candidates stand on the issues, so they can make informed voting decisions.
Talk about religion and politics. They’re not taboo. It’s what God commands us to do. If we recognize Him in this life, He will recognize us in the next! Wear your “Hello! My Name Is Christian” sticker with honor!
Elf. (2003). [film] Directed by J. Favreau. (USA): New Line Cinema.