Standing firm

I believe God is calling believers to stand firm against a rising anti-Christian tide in Canada and the Western world.

I am not advocating an angry campaign against other beliefs.  But I do believe that we Christians must be ready to defend our faith.

This may sound too dramatic.  But a quick glance at the world around us – our schools and universities, our governments, our media – will reveal a strong bias against Christianity and Christian values.

I am amazed at the swiftness of this change.  It is accelerating.

Some years ago, I read a poll that asked parents whom they would least like their children to marry.  Evangelical Christians topped the list.

That suggests to me that we Christians need to begin by looking at ourselves.  Why do people object to us?  Do they see us as judgemental?  Is it because we have made no effort to love them as Jesus did?  If so, we must ask ourselves why we have not ventured outside our cocoons to touch the lives of others.

But, I think there is more to it than that.

The good news of Jesus Christ is the “aroma of life” to some and “the stench of death” to others, as the apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 2:16.  The gospel divides people.

That’s because the news that Jesus Christ gave his life for us out of unimaginable love also calls us to repentance of our sinful past and a commitment to God for eternity.  Not everyone is ready to take that step.

Still, I think there is a vast swarm of people who don’t know what we Christians stand for.  They go along with the prevailing opinion of Christianity in our society – and that opinion isn’t pretty.

In my small way, I admit that I am often guilty of hiding my faith in the public arena rather than speaking out as Jesus did.

The apostle Peter famously said in 1Peter 3:15: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect.”

That is the perfect approach to defending our faith.

The best way of changing people’s opinions of the Christian faith is to live like Jesus did – reaching out to others with acts of love and sharing the good news.  Barriers to Christ will fall if we live like that.

The Christian world is also blessed with people – lawyers, politicians, scientists – who are ready to challenge wrong views of God as the apostle Paul did in the early years of the Christian church.  We should support them and learn from them so we, too, can give convincing answers to questions people raise.

In any case, we Christians must no longer hide as I have done too often.  We must not be silent.

We must stand firm.


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