Saturday, March 10, 2012

Our Society's Advice on When and Where to Talk about Christ

It's become a bit sticky to talk about Christ today. You can talk about God very generically, and very lightly, but hardly ever specifically in a way that would exclude others, or make them feel uneasy about too religious of a conversation. In order to help us, I've pulled together a few of the ideas within our culture to give you some guidelines concerning when and where it is appropriate to talk about Christ and His truth and where it is not.

Don't talk about Christ on facebook. It's a place where people go to interact on a lighter level, post snapshots of what they ate today, and let you know interesting facts about their day, like when they vacuum the floor or go get some milk at the grocery store.
Don't talk about Christ and the truth at family gatherings. Family gatherings are also a place of lighthearted fun and festivities. This is a place where we can all catch up on any of the interesting things we may have missed on facebook, like the time we went to buy milk at the grocery store or the time the dog ate Purina instead of Kibbles and Bits.
Don't talk about Christ and His truth at work. Work isn't a place where you can act like Christ encompasses your entire life. It's a place where you need to suppress Christ's sovereignty and for you to live as a dependable and hardworking atheist for nine hours of your day.
Don't talk about Christ at school. School is a place where people learn about things that are true, and things that are true cannot be based upon the Transcendent Mind of God and His relation of Himself through Christ. We simply have to assume His existence and the fact that knowledge is possible because He relates it to us, but we should never make this explicit, even to the point of, again, pretending that atheism is true instead, and religion is just something with which you fill in the gaps on your own time.
Don't talk about Christ in the home. You don't want to brainwash your kids, but let them make their own choices, which will be completely based on the practical (and maybe even philosophical) atheism they are taught everywhere else, including now in your own home.
Don't talk about Christ and His truth in the Church. You may run people off who might be interested in Church, and Christ and what He says can be very polarizing and offensive.
Don't talk about Christ outside the Church, because you may offend people who might want to come to Church one day if they think Christians are really nice and no longer judgmental people who believe in truth and an exclusive identity of God in Christ.
Don't talk about Christ and His truth when out with friends, because your friends are there to have a good time, not to be brought down by your heavy thinking.
Don't talk about Christ when you meet strangers, because they might just think your weird and socially inept, since, as we've discussed, it's not appropriate to talk about such things in public . . . or in private . .. or with your friends . . . or with your family members . . . or with anyone besides yourself. But then again, don't talk about Christ to yourself, because talking to yourself is a sign of insanity.

Lesson to be learned (and has been thoroughly) from our society: Don't talk about Christ and His truth, period.

Lesson from Scripture: Those who observe the above are of another religion that has nothing to do with Christianity and everything to do with self absorbed narcissism created by their practical atheism. Such produces only superficiality of life and idolatry everywhere. Instead, the Scripture tell us:

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. "These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. "You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your  forehead ."You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deut 6:5-9)

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matt 28:18-20)

But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I believed, therefore I  spoke ," we also believe, therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. (2 Cor 4:13-14)

I solemnly charge [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in  season  [and] out of  season ; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but [wanting] to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (2 Tim 4:1-4)

Our society, according to Scripture, is ruled by the demonic, not Christ. Why would it ever set its rules of topical etiquette to where they would allow Christ and His truth to be presented? And, even more important, why would you observe them?

"It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more [will they malign] the members of his household!  "Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. "What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear [whispered] in [your] ear,  proclaim  upon the housetops. "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matt 10:25-28)

1 comment:

  1. Bryan,
    Excellent point! It's funny how anyone else is free to speak of any abnormal, deviant behavior or belief. But Christians (including myself) feel as if we need to bite our tongues and wait 25 years before we even whisper the name of Jesus Christ. We are the ones responsible for this inexcusable silence.