What Do I Say about God?


Recently I commented about the trend that seems to be catching on among Christians to duck the name. Not that they are embarrassed by Christ, they tell us, but because of what the world thinks of Christians.

And clearly, I see this problem. Why not start over, with a new name? Then people won’t have a preconceived idea of who we are before we even open our mouths.

But I question if the problem is in what we’re called. After all “Christian,” as I understand it, was first used as a name to discredit those who believed Jesus to be the Messiah. The name was derogatory … but accurate.

Today we have a greater burden, perhaps. The name is derogatory and inaccurate (i. e., Christians do not act or believe the way the world has us pictured). But perhaps that last part has as much to do with us as it does with the ones talking about us, as some of the commenters to the post “What Are Christians Known For?” said.

Here’s what I’m thinking. When Jesus left, He commissioned His disciples to replicate—to make other disciples. While He was here on earth, He told His followers they were light, that they were to so shine that men might see their good works and glorify their Father. He also said that no one after lighting a lamp puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand.

As I confessed yesterday, too often in my life, I’ve hidden the light of Jesus. So I have to ask, what would my life look like if I am to let my light shine? Which brings me to the title of this post.

I think my light shines dimly or brightly according to what I say about God. And by “say” I actually mean more than just words.

I can “say” all kinds of things. I can even believe them at the cognitive level. I can say it’s going to rain, for example. I can believe it’s going to rain. But do I take an umbrella with me?

So, what am I saying about God? I can list out a good number of His attributes, all things I believe Scripture reveals about Him. But if I am to let my light shine, it seems to me the real question is, So what?

In what way does my life verify my belief that God is Holy, for instance. Or compassionate. Merciful, long-suffering, forgiving, just. Am I content to say, God is a giver, so He should give to me? Or am I willing to dig into Scripture and learn more of Him, then let Him shine His light through me?

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Published in: on July 15, 2009 at 10:51 am  Comments (8)  
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