Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Are You Ashamed of God?
Now I've always been a Christian, attended mass on Sundays (on and off to be honest), always said things like "Thank God!" when certain situations would work in my favor but I was uncomfortable referring to God when I was outside Church and around people in places like my work setting or social events. This wasn't because I didn't believe in God, nope. This was because I was AFRAID that I would be judged by others as some sort of "religious fanatic" - since these days one mention of God turns so many people off and has a tendency to somewhat ostracize you as some sort of freak or weakling - or as a hypocrite since I wasn't living a perfect life or following all the moral codes expected of me by my society. Oh how foolish I was.
You see I know what I didn't know then, which is that if you really, and I mean REALLY, believe in the power and awesomeness of God you will be so overwhelmed by his presence in your life that you will feel COMPELLED to talk about him. Why? Simple. You will realize that every breath you take or move you make is because God has ALLOWED you to and he deserves proper praise for that. You will also realize that everyone you know or encounter is not necessarily interested in being in a relationship with God or having a spiritual journey of their own; if they find you off-putting because of your love for God then better! Your words/discussions can either inspire them to find out more about God for their own benefit or can help them find the exit out of your environment because you should only surround yourself with people of like-mind so that you can support and encourage each other along.
Now if your worry is that you will be judged by others as a hypocrite because you talk about God yet still make wrong choices and are imperfect, then it's time I let you in on a little secret...YOU WILL ALWAYS BE JUDGED. Yes boo. Today, tomorrow, and the day after that. No matter how much you try to be a better person of quality or how much you open your heart to the words and wisdom of God, it will NEVER be enough for some people because they have chosen to live a life of judgment and intolerance of others in all things and at all times. Their judgments might be hurtful, yes, but it is not enough of a reason for you to cower back and act like you don't want to be better or have anything to say about God. The only judgement you should be worried about is that of God. Seek to please GOD, not people. Seek to obey GOD, not people. I know you're not perfect and make wrong choices at times, SO DO I, but that has never stopped God from loving us and all he asks is that we never stop putting in EFFORT to live according to his will and never walk around like we're ashamed of his existence.
Now I'm not saying you must spend every waking minute screaming the Lord's name or every conversation you have with someone must begin and end with religion and your faith, but I am saying you cannot be afraid of people knowing that you desire to love and serve God. You cannot compartmentalize God. You cannot keep God locked up in a corner of your heart during the week and only let him out when you're at Church or in Bible Study Class. Nope, it won't work. If you really want a happy, God-led, spiritual life you must allow God to permeate every part of your being, every single day, month, and year of your life. You must be comfortable with the world knowing you acknowledge yourself as a child of God and you are here to be happy and of service to others, as best as you can, in that capacity. Remember what Christ himself says in the Bible, "For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and my words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels." - Luke 9:26.
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