Let’s Talk About Jesus But Quietly Please Or They Might Hear Us
Do you whisper God’s name out loud? It’s an oxymoron, I know. But yes, we do! I do and maybe you do too. At my last job, a Christian woman working adjacent to me listened to the local Christian radio station on her radio but it was turned down so low I was certain she could barely hear it herself. Sometimes we would have a discussion that had to do with church. Our conversation would be conspiratorially as though we were planning a heavenly take over. Not so if we were discussing a secular activity.
Last week at work, another Christian co-worker was at my desk talking about a church-related matter. While talking, she actually glanced around and lowered her voice, again as if we were planning a surprise take over of the company. And that’s when it struck me! Why are we ashamed to discuss God? Why do I turn down my Christian radio in my car when I give someone a ride? Or change it to the hip hop station? Why do we yell out on Facebook how we partied and got drunk the night before but not about how blessed we felt after attending church? Again, why are we ashamed to discuss God?
In Mark 8:38 Jesus says these words: “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” Admittedly, in this ‘cool age’ it’s easier to run with the in-crowd than go against the grain. Wanna be hip? How many beers you could down trumps how many bible verses you could quote. Do you have a ‘Christian music workout mix?’ Didn’t think so. I don’t either. So why the quiet noise about God? Why the hesitancy to reveal ourselves as believers?
Could it be that we are ashamed because we are not yet fully clothed in God’s garments? Is it that even though we think we are strong in our faith in God, we really are weak? Maybe we are like Peter who thought he would not waver and stand with Jesus until the end only to deny him when challenged? Is that why we do not have enough confidence to go against the grain? To blast our christian music and to post Facebook messages that uplift HIM, to BE DIFFERENT? Being different takes guts. Courage. Strong faith.
Today we whisper but as we grow and become fully immersed in HIM, I trust that one day we will SHOUT! And let them hear us.