In my book, Simple Things, I wrote about representing the Lord well in our daily lives. I mused that when we call ourselves Christians we ought to be sure we're wearing the label well. The Bible warns about those who aren't serving the Lord wholeheartedly:
How are we representing Christ when we engage in conversations about controversial topics (both in real life and online)? It's as if some of us leave our Christianity on the couch with our Bible and Jesus Calling devotional. And I get it. When something we care deeply about is being destroyed it's easy to suit up for battle.
It's no secret our nation is broken, but when we jump into the wrong battle we aren't doing anything more than putting a bandage on a severed limb. We've been taught to hide God's Word in our hearts but some of us have hidden it so well that the world can't tell we're Christians.
How are we representing Christ when we attach derogatory names to politicians or people we don't agree with?
Remember who you represent and pray for your enemies instead of cursing them. Don't allow your emotions to be overrun by negativity. Don't allow rage to creep in, it will cause you to reflect the world instead of Christ. It is not okay to attach labels to those we disapprove of. We are to be different from the world in behavior, attitude, and speech. Jesus taught us to be different. Serve Him wholeheartedly, don't allow yourself to become lukewarm. Stand firm on His foundation. We are faced with opportunity each day to choose which doors we open.
The world is watching. Give them reason to want what you've found in Christ. Choose kindness over rudeness. Choose love over hate. Be the light.