Can You Talk About Jesus?

I felt a strong leading to write this because too many believers get offended or are afraid to talk about Jesus Christ. We as Christians and non-Christians have some problems. Let me describe a non-Christian first.

(Anything in italics is me translating the scripture for your benefit.)

They will not talk about God or Christ for very long if at all. They will inject into the conver
sation, most of the time, a negative attitude, a self-righteous attitude, an "I don't need God" attitude and "those who do are weak". Those are just three of the many rebuttals that you will hear.

For those who don't go that far, they will say things like, I don't understand the bible when I read it, it's so prehistoric, or it's just some fairy tails and some history that those people wrote, or I don't have time to read it.

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish (who aren't saved) foolishness: but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:23 We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness: (while in this verse Paul may have been addressing the Greeks by ethnicity, this applies to all who are not Jewish). (Have you heard the term Gentiles?, the Greeks were considered part of that group.)

This next set of verses speak directly of non-believers and believers. 1 Corinthian 2:9 - 16, But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (Verse 9 speaks directly to both believers and non-believers)

10) But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. (Verse 10 refers to believers in Christ!)

11) For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the spirit of God. (Verse 11 refers to man only having a mans spirit)

12) Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God: that we might know the things which are freely given to us of God. (Verse 12 witnesses directly about a born again person, who has accepted Christ as their personal savior and has received the free gift of the Holy Ghost!)

13) Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (Verse 13 witnesses that when we are in God's will, we will speak spiritual intelligence to others, (It's important to recognize at this point that if your out of the will of God, you will only be speaking the words the same as a non-believer.))

14) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (Verse 14 makes it clear, no non-believer has the spirit of God in them, and therefore they cannot understand the deeper things of the spirit!)

15) But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. (While this verse uses the term Judgeth all things, it really means spiritually discern, and whatever judgment is rendered on us by man, we need not worry about it period!)

16) For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. (This verse speaks directly about God, when we're in His will, instructing us in the way we should go and things we should speak. Never try to practice the thought, "what will I say" because God is clear, if we are listening to Him, we will know what to say in any given situation.)

So, these set of verses makes it crystal clear why some people don't understand God's word. I must add that even new born Christians have to grow in their understanding and for that, refer back to my articles Spiritual Growth and Daily Spiritual Walks 1 & 2.

Now, on to whats wrong if you're a Christian and you have a hard time admitting it, or speaking about Christ or accepting spiritual information when it is given to you and you get offended.

First of all, as a new believer, (and that's what you should call yourself, not a Christian) you would be expected to be on the milk of the word. You can read my article Milk or Meat. At this point in our spiritual walk, we can be bold or weak depending on whether we are hard pressed in a spiritual situation with a non-believer. It's not unusual, look at what happened to Peter before the cock crowed.

The bible does says if you deny me before men, I will deny you before the Father. This however is more of a heart attitude, than at times being cornered in many situations and later asking God for forgiveness. However, I don't recommend you be consistent at denying your savior!

ust a quick explanation about the label, "Christian." Many people immediately judge your behavior and think you should be almost perfect when you tell them your a Christian. People don't even know what being a Christian means, yet they will hold you up to a list of standards they think you should live by. 

This word has a certain stigma that causes confrontation. You will receive less confrontation if you go by the term believer. When you feel confident enough, or you can handle ridicule, go ahead and start calling yourself a Christian. If you look at the dictionary definition, it has to do with belief, not behavior.

The other problem we as believers run into, is that when we live in a nation, city, society or whatever, where Christians are slaughtered and tortured, you have a legitimate reason to stay incognito! But that doesn't dwindle our duties as believers in being seed planters!

OK, now that I've covered those reasons, here are some less legitimate reasons, why some people won't talk about their belief or faith. I experience this next one first hand. It's all about pride, (which God hates). I approached a fellow in my work many years ago now, He seemed somewhat open about talking about church, but as soon as I asked about him being born again, you would have thought I hit him across the face with a board! You see, this man had so much pride that he was immediately offended. (I have a tendency to do that to people because I am bold when it comes to our Lord!) So, His response was something like this!

Don't ask me about that, I have attended a Lutheran church all my life and my father was Lutheran, and his father was Lutheran and my great great grandpa's father was Lutheran. You see,
in my humble opinion, this man thought you inherited your way to heaven. I'll add he attended this church, not thinking you needed to be born again and just thought well his whole family was Lutheran, and that's all he needed to be.

I know all about the Lutheran churches, and the Methodist churches, because I was raised and confirmed in a Lutheran church, and many years later when I was living in Lansing Michigan, I attended a Methodist church long enough to be voted in as their Audio Visual Chairman, another wards, several years! These churches don't teach what Jesus taught to Nicodemus in the book of John! They recited liturgies and creeds and such and never teach being born again. Just like the Catholic church and a few others!

In conclusion, if you have a hard time accepting spiritual questions, spiritual conversation, and even spiritual direction, you are either too prideful, or you do not have the right spirit of humility and love of God in you.

We believers who talk about Christ, do it for His glory, out of concern for you, who may be headed to hell, and it is our pleasure to talk about Christ because we love him with our whole

My hope for you is that you have had a prayer of salvation,
and if you haven't and you want to ask Christ into your heart and life,
then I offer these words for you to repeat,
but only if your heart is sincere,
because God knows it if you're not.
Dear God, I now know I have needed you and have
rejected your calling, so today, right now, 
I ask Jesus Christ to come into my heart and my life, 
and forgive me from all past sin and Lord cleanse me 
from my unrighteousness. I believe that Jesus was 
crucified for my sin, died, and was buried and rose from the
dead according to the scriptures. I want you forever more
to be my guide and I want to follow you as a believer. 
I ask for your strength to change my heart and 
my earthly ways so that I can become a better 
child in your kingdom. Show me how to depend 
on you in all things. And show me how to do 
your will in my life. I thank you and pray this 
prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

Apr 2, 2011, 7:37 PM