Is Christianity Dead in America?

Is Christianity Dead in America?

Abandoned Church

One of the things I love about baptisms at First Trinity is when Sue speaks to the child directly. She lights the baptismal candle from the altar, walks over to the baby, and proclaims Scripture to the child:

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Just like that baby, God is calling you to let your light shine before others so that they might know Him. Sometimes, however, this becomes an impediment to our witness. Ideas like “My life is my witness!” or “I share Jesus’ love through my actions, not words.” can certainly be true, but there’s also a problem here.

Actions can be misunderstood sometimes. Let’s say you help someone who is struggling by buying a car for them. You do it because Christ’s love compels you to action, but how to they receive it? If they know you are a Christian, I suppose they might attribute your action to Jesus’ work in your life. But maybe it’s just a kind, over-the-top, generous gift.

Without words added to the action, there may be doubt. Are they giving glory to your Father in heaven, or to you? This is not to say you should give up your “living witness” as it were. But rather, why not add words to the witness?

At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Colossians 4:3-4

Paul, the great apostle, asked others to pray that he would have opportunity to speak about Christ in addition to his actions. You can emulate his example! Start praying today—and ask others to pray for you—that God would give you opportunity to add words to action, to leave no doubt that it is your Father who is in heaven that deserves all the glory!

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