Thursday, March 12, 2009

De-expressing Our Faith

A careless driver zigzagged on the streets, endangering others and causing a bunch of people hurled curses at him/her. Upon arriving at the traffic light, we discovered that a pathetic sticker had been stamped on the rear window, saying: JESUS’ BELOVED’S ON BOARD!
Sounds familiar?
Here’s another example:
A young friend of ours stated in his Facebook profile that the Bible is his favorite book and serving the Lord is his activity. Not so long afterward, we found out that he’s a fan of Maria Ozawa (Japan notorious porn actress)!
Expressing our faith should never turn us into a laughingstock for the watching world – as in the cases of the above examples. When we proclaim our faith to others (no matter what we are – Moslems, Christians, Catholics, Buddhists, etc.) it is ultimately expected of us to live up to our faith! Many believers fail to understand that expressing one’s faith includes a great demand of living a prudent life in the eyes of the beholders. The failure in fulfilling this prime expectation will rank us no better than political campaigners!
Christians are demanded to have their light “SO SHINE before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by SO GREAT a cloud of WITNESSES, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our FAITH, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
As for you who are not Christians, take heed what Chuang Tzu once said, “If you cannot utter words more beautiful than silence, HUSH!”

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