I am not known for keeping my mouth shut. I often say things in public settings that get me in trouble (see Minding Our Own Business). But, you know what? I don’t think letting people know we are Christian should be such a big, hairy deal. I said something in a social setting recently about being a Christian, and the people I was with (all Christians) acted embarrassed and uncomfortable. One young woman said, “You shouldn’t have said that about being a Christian. People will think less of you.”
Think less of me? Really? Being a Christian is a liability? Something to be ashamed of? Thanks whacko Christian looneys — I now cannot say I believe in God because you made that unacceptable. You know what, I think that Jesus is the Son of God and I’m proud of that fact. It makes me absolutely FURIOUS when my conservative evangelical brothers and sisters make me ashamed to claim what I believe. Just recently, I watched a young evangelical woman speak of her faith. She was well-dressed, articulate, poised and engaging. She spoke of her deep desire for a world of peace… then launched into a hateful attack on “fags and Arabs.” Initially, I was impressed and relieved. I turned off the interview humiliated and appalled. Why does high profile broadcast Christianity have to be represented by petty, small-minded, hateful lunatics?
Someone wrote me an email saying, “oh, but you are a liberal, fascist sinner,” (not what they said, but what I read… what they actually said was:) “you say we should allow homosexuals and ex-criminals and those who challenge our beliefs into the church. But to what purpose? All you want to do is destroy what we have worked so long to build up.” Is what we have built up really that great? We have hundreds of thousands (millions?) 0f inert Christians with no motivation or desire to share their faith working diligently to prevent those with a missional vision from doing any good work in the name of Christ. Is this what we want? Most Christians have no interest in sharing their faith with any other human being. Is this okay? Those who share their faith are viewed as “suspect” at least, as “crazy” at worst.
I am not promoting a massive “do You know Jesus Christ as Your Personal Lord and Savior” campaign. I am more about letting people know that Jesus Christ makes a difference — that faith can change lives. I’m about Christians being proud to be Christians. I’m about letting the love, joy, grace, mercy, justice, hope and kindness of the Christian life begin to define us. I am tired of being a joke because I believe in God and Jesus Christ. If we believe it, we should say it, and we should mean it. This idea that we have something to hide or be ashamed of? Huh-uh.