People do not judge Christianity by God or Jesus. People do not judge Christianity by the Bible. People judge Christianity by its Christians. Only one will read the Bible but one hundred will read the Christian. Our actions are judged and our words are weighed by the secular world. Are we good ambassadors for Christ? Do we well represent Christianity?
No question; sometimes we “put on our Sunday best” and play the part of a Christian. Saints can do more damage to Christianity than sinners can and often times do. But God and his grace should be evident in all Christians. It should emanate out from us like a bright light.
God and His Grace
The Apostle Paul understood the significance of God and his grace. Paul, who wrote almost half of the books in the New Testament, began every one of his epistles wishing God and his grace to us all.
“Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ” 1 Corinthians 1:4. That exaltation or a close variation is used as a greeting in every single one of Paul’s letters. God and his grace to all!
So what is grace? It is a free gift from God most often defined as “unmerited favor”. But more specifically God’s grace is his goodwill, love, kindness, power and favor given to us with the purpose of us passing it along to others. Freely given, freely received. This is one time that re-gifting is considered a good thing and encouraged!
“Let your speech be always with grace,” the Apostle Paul told the Colossians.
The Greek word for grace is “charis”. It is the root word in “Charisma”. Someone full of charisma (grace) attracts people. It is an inner light that shines forth that draws folks in. God shines his light on us and we in turn shine his light (grace) onto other people.
Christians are “all children of light”
God is light (1 John 1:5). Christians are, “all children of light” (From 1 Thessalonians 5:5)
Because of God and his grace we are able to let our, “light so shine before men”. Matthew 5:16.
Man is attracted to the light of God. He inherently knows that it is good.
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.”
Darkness is bad and man knows it. God created man in the light. When man fell into darkness God gave Jesus. “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
But the Bible warns us against “deceitful workers”, those of the dark who give an appearance of light. “For Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).
What are we to do? How are we to know the difference between good and evil? Time is a good revealer of right and wrong, light and dark. It is one reason why a prominent message in the New Testament is to have patience and trust in the Lord. The Bible also tells us to “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Test, try, examine, and investigate “all things”.
The word of God is the standard to which all things should be compared; “they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (from Acts 17:11)
Are we good ambassadors for Christ? Do we well represent Christianity? Are we utilizing God’s grace and being that light unto others? These are questions every Christian needs to ask themselves constantly.