How do you show your christianity to others?
It is a simple question but a very important one. I never grew up in a deeply Christian home. We went to church on Easter, Christmas, maybe a few other times. But it wasn’t a major factor in our lives. I was 38 or 39 before I became a believer, I believed there was a God but the God the Christian people I knew spoke of and how they acted and treated others was NO WAY anything I wanted to have anything to do with. I saw hypocrites and judgment everywhere I turned. I couldn’t even begin to believe the loving God they spoke of was represented by them at all.
Sadly I found out I was right. I found out God is not always represented by the church, his ways are not always reflected in their actions, when I realized that, things started to change in my heart, I got a few books and had a dear dear friend, the only christian at the time that I respected at all helped encourage me. But it took a divorce and fear (even if it was unrealistic) of losing my kids. To take me to a low I had never been before. I finally truly gave up and stopped fighting him. In a parking lot sitting in my truck waiting on a friend that couldn’t be there I lost it. I finally just gave up trying to do it on my own.
Now with that story out of the way. The purpose of this is to look at how we portray our faith to a none believer. The most important thing is to remember it is not your job to convert someone. That is Gods job, there is no amount of brow beating, or trying to convince someone their thinking is wrong that will bring them to God.
Personally I am totally turned off by people that wear their beliefs on their sleeves, when all you hear out of their mouths in Jesus this and Jesus that…. (I know I will make some mad here) but coming from a man that believed there was a God but that the bible was just a book and that the christian community was a laughable group that had to be told what to think and believe. God speaks so many times about the light, your light his light, being a light to others. To me that light isn’t about using Jesus in a sentence every 5 seconds, when you do that it loses its power, let your actions be that light. Let people come to you and ask questions as to why you are different. When it happens that way they are the ones starting the conversation, they are in a place to want to know, THEN!!! You can talk about Jesus and God and how its possible because of that. They will listen more they will welcome the conversation, instead of you slamming it in their face. I know I was one. Personally when people came at me full force with God with out my asking first, back then, they were dismissed immediately, I know that doesn’t make it right, it doesn’t mean that person isn’t any further away from God than anyone else. Its just about getting your message across to someone that is possibly curious but jaded a bit. The saying “Actions speak louder than words” applies here. I have seen it in the ER and cancer floors of the hospital dealing with cancer. I saw people in life and death situations, with themselves and of loved ones. I have seen peace in the middle of pain, I have seen joy on a mothers face when seeing her dead daughter that had finally given up after years of cancer, there were tears and much hurt but she knew her daughter was in a much greater place with no more pain. That is light in your actions, that is true faith in your heart. It can not be explained, it can only be witnessed.
Live a life of joy, it is there for you, it will show others that God is in you because you will be different and draw people to you. They will ask about it and be curious. THAT is Gods light shining through you, not badgering someone with unsolicited ranting and what not.
There is no record book. If your keeping count of the people you have helped lead to Christ then your messed up. I have heard on christian radio about so and so brought 5,000 people to christ over his life. The fact he did is great the fact that there was a count kept is what is wrong.
There are things said on christian radio and in books that just make me cringe because I know they are of man and not of God. Usually hardcore legalism. Don’t even get me started on denominational churches and the man made junk that isn’t supported one bit by the bible. If someone asks me what denomination I am I say Christian. I have had many funny looks and I just reply I read the bible and believe it to be true I know Jesus gave his life for me and my sins and that makes me a christian …… period!!!! That is all I need to know
How do you show your christianity to others?