Friday, February 16, 2007

Do I Oh'fend?

I confess, Ducky is my Hero, but that's another blog (O:

"Do I oh'fend" is not only a cherished line from the 80's classic Pretty in Pink, but also kind of a mantra playing in the back of my noggin when discussing "the reason for our hope".

1 Peter 3:15-16 gives us three important things to remember as we walk as Christians

a) sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts

Christ as Lord, as He is the one you are to be exalting. Too often when we in sharing our faith we can fall in to pride or self righteousness, and are often more excited by the debate, by the sound of our own voice, our own masterful dialogue - and we end up exalting ourselves (Matthew 23:12 ). It isn't about winning, but sharing; and it matters not how we look,at end, but Who our friend is left looking to.

Words may sway for a moment, but a humble heart makes a lasting impression. Speak passionately of your love for the One who loves us all with a great passion.
Ya can't argue with Love (yes, I meant that to have multiple meanings)

Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.

While I totally agree with "Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary" idea (attributed to St. Francis of Assisi), some forget to have the words ready "when necessary".

Why are you a Christian?, and why do you, and should anyone else, believe?

I have found the best presentation to be a mixture of personal testimony and scripture, while relying fully on the Holy Spirit to guide my words - always, always, rely on the Holy Spirit.

c) but do it with
gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame.

Love, love, love...with charity to all (the word charity is often found in place of love in differing Bible translations). The message may or may not offend, but ours is to ONLY worry if our delivery is offensive or hurtful. We are called to do everything in love, not as the world calls it, but in truth and spirit.

The truth is
intolerant and offensive, it does not bend to whim or fashion, it is not based on the views of The View (nor will speaking it likely to get you invited on Ms Walters show) - it is, was , and will be (kinda sounds like I'm talking 'bout God, huh?) Truth is truth.

Jesus not only promised that speaking it would not garner you much popularity, but in addition we have the promise that
"Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." If we are speaking the Truth, with meekness and consistency, those who can hear - will hear. Some who may not hear one day, may be open to truth another day. I know that I personlly was told the Truth for years before I HEARD the truth.

Ok, So God First, be prepared, be loving and compassionate, and don't give up...

easy as pie . . .mmmmm pie . . .gotta go

God bless

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