Today's political correctness often stymies our freedom to speak of our faith--our relationship with a Holy God. The liberty of publicly speaking of the Great God we believe in has slowly but surely been stripped away. Those who are not Believers now seem to be more entitled to their right of not hearing than we have the right to speak of our belief.
The organization I volunteer in the school system through is a Christian organization--Kid's Hope. This is the third year of mentoring the same sweet child, but I am not allowed to speak overtly to her of Jesus when I spend time with her. Unless she brings up direct questions, I am not free to speak of Jesus with her. My prayer is that she will know in her heart why I am there---but the government has stepped in and stopped any mention of my faith. You may say---to heck with the government--speak up---but the truth is--the entire program could be stopped by one complaint. So we go--we love--we serve--and we pray they will ask the question so we may give the reason.
I speak boldly of the things which are important to me and that I am proud of. My conversation is filled with stories of my children and grands with no hesitation to speak of them. What is important to us---what do we talk about?
Have you ever stood in conversation with someone who was overtly scanning the room for someone of greater importance, greater beauty, more social status? You instantly know--you are a stop off on their way up the ladder. My true loved ones--care what I am saying--they listen--and they are quick to defend me and speak well of me. They are not interested in impressing--but instead they are interested in me. They openly proclaim our relationship.
If you listened to my conversation with neighbors, friends, acquaintances, would there be any question as to my faith? Am I careful to not offend, cautious about over-stepping, silent in the face of dissension when the subject comes up? Is my conversation peppered with the seasoning of my faith or watered down with the blandness of the world?
Boldly speaking the name of Jesus---loudly proclaiming the grace and mercy He has lavished upon me speaks volumes of true thanksgiving. "The name of Jesus is fragrant." A Year of Living Prayerfully How wonderful it would be to exude the fragrance of Jesus. How simple-how powerful--how profound---"Jesus"---truly says it all.
But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.