Happy Sunday to you. This is generally my favorite day of the week. Usually I get up and get ready for church, go to church and then come home and spend a quiet day with my husband, usually doing something pretty good with my time. My husband happens to be out of town this particular Sunday, so it’s a little bit of a bummer day. Church was fantastic though.
The reason I am writing this post is two fold. First, I am promoting my good friend Katelyn’s challenge, called the Bold Christian 15 Day Challenge, which I will tell you about in a minute. The second reason is because I am a Christian and I want you to know it! I want to tell you about it. So, here goes…
Time and again I hear stories about Christians being persecuted for their beliefs. It happens all over the world, even here, in the United States. I’m not talking about Christians who are way over the deep end like the ones who picket soldier’s funerals or someone who has an alternative lifestyle. My personal opinion is that behavior is not Christlike at all and it makes me mad.
What I’m talking about is those who express their views or run their businesses in line with their views and the backlash that follows. Recent examples are Chick-fil-a and Hobby Lobby. Why is it okay for someone who isn’t a Christian or who doesn’t believe the way those people do to express their opinion, but not the owners of those companies? If you don’t agree with their views, then don’t visit their businesses or don’t work there, but don’t tell them that their views are wrong. There are businesses I don’t frequent because I don’t agree with what they support and I don’t want my money to go to those causes. However, as long as those people aren’t hurting people, then it’s their business what they do with their money and they will have to live with the consequences, just like me.
I’m tired of being afraid to express my love and belief in Christ because it might offend someone. No one worries about offending me by spewing their hateful and non Christian beliefs and opinions. The only one I should be worrying about offending is Christ Himself.
I am a Christian. I believe that Christ is my Savior and the Savior of the world. I believe that He is the only begotten son of the Almighty God. I believe that through following Him, taking Him as my Savior, living my life in line with His teachings, doing all I can in this world to love His children and NEVER denying Him, I will live with Him when this life is over. I believe that through His unimaginable sacrifice, I can be forgiven of my sins, if I but ask Him for forgiveness.
Katelyn’s challenge is quite simple. If you accept it, you will receive one email per day, beginning October 5th, for 15 days. Each email will include a challenge for the next day. They will include scriptures, from the King James Version of the Bible. Some of the challenges might draw you out of your comfort zone, but they will be worth it. Be an out spoken Christian. Fight for Christ! Show Him and everyone else that you love Him and are not ashamed.
Through accepting Katelyn’s challenge, I am hoping to become the outspoken, but not obnoxious, Christian I should be. I’m hoping that I will stand for Christ as I know He will be standing for me.
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. – Matthew 10:32-39 KJV
I want to be worthy of Christ to the best of my ability. How about you? Will you accept the challenge? You can sign up here: The Bold Christian Challenge. What are your thoughts?