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Humble Christian or Comfortable Coward?

I have viewed this topic from generally two viewpoints in my life. I’m sure they aren’t the only two, but they are the main two that I often come back to. How to handle sharing my faith with others. Do I go about it in a manner that is the quiet church mouse, no pun intended. Or banging the alarm until there is bleeding of ears. I often hear people say things like; I don’t need a t-shirt to let people know I’m a Christian. I  understand that, I really do. It can also be a good test for yourself if you are living out your faith. Are you bearing fruits that go much deeper than words? Would the world recognize your Christianity if your tongue were cut out? I respect this position and view of impacting others; but I seldom take it.

I know a lot of our approach can be personality. I’m naturally outgoing. You would think going out and just talking to any old Tom, Dick, or Harry about Christ would be a breeze for me, but it’s not. I have all the same hang ups as every other person. I turn into the worlds biggest introvert. In these instances, I prefer the quiet; let my “actions speak” method. I’m not trying to say every person who operates under these pretenses is a comfortable coward; but from my own experiences at times that is an easier road for me.

Other people see keeping God as a background in the conversation as a polite way not to be too forceful with their religion. What if it was like this with your family? What if you came into work and started talking about your days off and the fun you had with your spouse/children/parents and I said knock that off you’re really offending me with the way you’re forcing your family on me. Would you comply and then separate conversations about your family out of your everyday work life? How can we be expected to do the same with our creator; the one who loved us enough to die for us, the one who suffered and was judged guilty so that we could be pronounced blameless?

I’m not saying we should be pestering people twenty-four seven at work or public spheres about accepting what Christ did on the cross and reconciling their relationship with Him so as to give Him glory and spend eternity in heaven……..but can anyone tell me why on earth you would never bring up the matter of where a person is going to spend eternity? Ultimately any approach is better than no approach, but in a culture where Jesus has to be eradicated from the public square make sure your audience doesn’t mistake your attempts at displaying Christianity for mere “niceness”. Occasional dialogue about the cross of Christ is only offensive to those who parish.

 

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Life in the Infirmary

What is the purpose of the infirmary? Is it not to  care for and restore to duty casualties of war?  Now this may be too simplistic and some veterans may object to my view, but just humor me to make my point. A soldier doesn’t enter in with hopes of taking up residency, the hope is to recover and return to the fight.

The church building is the infirmary. People come in with holes in their souls from the mortars and mines of the enemy. Jesus the great physician brings them to life, sees them up, and trains them to battle. He then commands us to go and find recruits and train them.

It seems to me that in my experience of attending  the infirmary we can become addicted to the medicine because it makes us feel good. Instead of returning to the war as we were commanded, it is far more comforting to sit around and talk about the battles we’ve been through.

We step outside the doors and recall the horrors of war. Better we rationalize to stay low  and not incur any more damage than we have already. We come the following week to the infirmary asking for medical attention for scratches obtained hiding in the bushes.

Soon we lose our ability to heal from small wounds. We count trivial unintended wounds, as are common among folks training for war, as debilitating. We will just have to stay in the infirmary a little longer.

The controlled climate, the lack of confrontation, the absence of suffering for the cause; yes indeed this infirmary has some perks.  The problem though is that we grow weak, our brothers on the battle field bleed and die for a lack of numbers, and eventually the enemy will take the land and the infirmary.

Please don’t misinterpret the last sentence to say that satan would ever be victorious against the Lord. I am simply stating that if you hide in the four walls of a church and no longer make war in the spirit realm; let this siren shake you. Faith without works is dead.