“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory…”
It’s Easter weekend. That makes me feel more connected to other Christians around the world.
And many of them, especially in faraway places, are facing hardship.
Last Sunday, two churches were bombed in Egypt. 44 people died and over 100 were injured. Afterward, Canadian MP Candice Bergen reminded us that “More Christians die and suffer for their faith than any other religious group in the world.”
Does that come as a surprise?
On Easter Sunday, I don’t fear being bombed. But I truly believe you need to be on the lookout for ways your faith is being mocked. Maybe it starts with someone saying some condescending remarks. Maybe it increases as organizations or governments go out of their way to exclude Christian perspectives.
I realize that this might make me sound like a bit of a crazy person to some of you! I get that. And I’m okay with it. I’m more disturbed by the plight of Christians around the world, and the ways my brothers and sisters are feeling more and more sidelined closer to home.
So what do you do?
You learn to humbly and lovingly defend your faith.
Ask yourself why you believe what you believe. Get into the details. Get a book to help you grow in confidence. Ask some questions. Get together with some other people who share your faith to build each other up. This doesn’t result in anger or arrogance, but in humble, un-intimidated conviction.
Friends, confidence doesn’t happen by accident.
Hall of fame batter Babe Ruth was at the plate in the World Series. He was down two pitches. So he pointed his bat at the sky over the pitcher’s head. It was a way of saying, ‘I’m down but not out. This one’s gonna be a homer!’ Sure enough, he slammed it out of the park and they won the championship.
Confidence doesn’t happen by accident.
This Easter make a commitment to more humbly and lovingly defend your faith.
On the cross, Jesus went to bat for you. Maybe it’s time for you to go to bat for him.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Last Easter, Maclean’s Magazine put out an article casting doubt on the existence of Jesus. I thought the timing was suspect (during Christians’ holiest time of year) and the scholarship weak. In case you missed it, here is my response. I hope it helps you build your confidence.