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Friday, October 11, 2013

Identification

Do you ever hesitate to identify with Christ?  Do you do that to keep from getting in trouble or offending someone?  I find that I do at times.  I am not sure what that says about me.  Probably nothing good.
Do you always identify with Christ?  Thoughts at DTTB.

Several times in the past few weeks I have chosen to identify with people who I did not know.  I was talking to a lady who identified herself as a Buddhist.  I told her I worked with underground churches in a country that was hostile to Christianity.  She remarked that like Buddha, Christ was a great teacher.  I politely disagreed with her using C. S. Lewis’ liar or lunatic example.  She was offended.

Often though I find that when I share my belief in Christ with strangers they turn out to be believers.  We end up encouraging one another.

I have been places that to self identify is considered proselytizing which results in expulsion or incarceration.  So far that is not the case here.  Writing this 2 Timothy 2:8 – 13 leapt to mind.  It is our responsibility to identify with Christ, regardless of what others think or do in response.  I do not do that well.  To hold back is to deny who I am.

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