Carmen said it so well: The world may try and stop my mission, but I grow with opposition – Cause I’m a bible toting, scripture quoting, sin defacing, devil chasing, Chorus humming, guitar strumming, gospel preaching, soul reaching overcoming child of God.
There’s been a lot of to-do lately about JCPenny hiring a gay spokesperson (Ellen Degeneres) to represent their store. Some people thought that was inappropriate and called Penny’s to complain, only to be told to shop elsewhere if they didn’t like it. Suddenly gay groups were in the media calling the complainers “haters.” Even Ms.Degeneres stated on her show that the haters had complained and were considering boycotting Pennys.
Who said anything about hating? Who said anything about boycotting?
How should I, as a witness of Christ, respond to such demonizing rhetoric?
I’m thinking we have two choices. One is to be defensive and fall into the trap of fulfilling the “anticipated” behavior by boycotting the store and/or lashing back at the accusers. The other is to not only not boycott the store, but go there even more and pray for every customer and every clerk, Pray up and down every aisle and permeate the place with God’s presence. But that brings up another question – If I truly believe that when I am IN CHRIST, that He is with me wherever I go, why wasn’t I already praying like crazy wherever I go?
Why should I need to be stirred up to “stand up” and show my faith? Is it because I know (but hope others don’t realize) that I am a sinner too, the same as any other human? Is it because I know that scripture says if I break one law, I’ve broken them all? So what makes me a witness if we are all sinners? Having been rescued from the same fate, we are witnesses to new life, and our actions can demonstrate that “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me. (Gal. 2:20)
Consequently, we are witnesses 24/7. Wherever we go, we bring Christ. Whatever we do others should see Christ. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t.
Why would that be? All the things we are in Christ are a choice. All the character, and power and love of Christ are provided to us with full and free access. We have the opportunity and privilege to accept them, utilize them, display them, or to ignore them.
Whichever the choice, wherever we go – we are, I am, a witness of Christ
What kind of witness should I be? I Peter 3:8 sums it up:
“Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble.”