I will never forget the day a classmate yelled and cussed in my face “There is no God”. I can remember it like it was yesterday. The opposition came out of nowhere. I was in my high school gym class. I don’t remember even having a conversation about God with her. I was pretty vocal about my faith with close friends, but she was someone I had a random gym class with. You can imagine my confusion.
I was so thrown off by this confrontation I can’t believe what I did next. I didn’t push her away. This would have been normal, because she was far too close to my face than anyone should be comfortable with. I didn’t start yelling back. I didn’t even cry, which is really normal for me in conflict.
Taking a step back, I looked at her and said calmly, “there is a God and He loves you.” Then I left the room. I was shaking, but knew I didn’t compromise in my message. She was so stunned –– I think that’s why she didn’t come after me or harass me the rest of the year.
“There is a God and He loves you.”
My husband and I were discussing how this kind of aggressive disagreeing has just gotten worse. He went to See-You-At-The-Pole this year with the youth group he’s a pastor of. He was surprised at the comments the kids were getting from their fellow classmates. He grew up in a small town where Christianity was cultural. A public school in the suburbs of Chicago is a little different.
You are probably not in high school anymore. Conversations about faith could potentially effect your job, friendships, and your families. So what do we do? No matter where you are, no matter what happens let’s stand together.
I was reading in Philippians today, reminded that whatever happens we are to live in a way worthy of the Gospel of Christ. Wow that’s convicting. How do we do that? Paul is talking to the Philippians about persecution. They were experiencing death, abuse, hunger, prison…
Paul gives three ways to live worthy of the Gospel of Christ during difficult times (Philippians 1:27-28).
- Stand Firm. God is still good. Trust His goodness. With that knowledge, don’t be afraid to stand up for what is Truth. We have all fallen short of the glory of God and are justified freely by His grace through the reception that came by Christ Jesus (Romans 3:23-24).
- Stick Together. If you are experiencing hardship reach out to your friends who know Jesus. We were never meant to live in isolation, especially in our faith journey.
- Don’t be alarmed when people disagree, argue, or become hateful towards you, because of what you stand for.
“Whatever happens, conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.”Philippians 1:27-28