Defending Jesus Christ and Christianity is not always easy to do, especially when it comes to dealing with people who have no regard for the feelings of others. But as Christians, we should always try to defend our Lord and faith.
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.’ But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander (1 Peter 3:14-16).
I wrote the post, “Would You Defend Jesus as Strongly as You Defend Your Favorite Celeb?” so I know some of you feel as if you don’t have the courage or the words to respond to someone who criticizes Christ or Christianity.
Sometimes, we find ourselves in a situation that may not be confrontational, but still you find it offensive and disrespectful toward your Lord and Savior. So what do you do? What do you say? Well, for those who’ve already been in these situations, here’s your chance to share with your fellow PI sisters who have been lost for words.
Just remember though, that what you say is just as important as how you say it. So even though you likely will be dealing with offensive people, this doesn’t mean you have to be equally offensive. You are Christ’s child, so represent Him with all the dignity and respect that He expects of us. Keep your words kind and educated.
I have four scenarios for you below. I think they encompass a number of situations where a person may deliberately or accidently offend Christ.
- A classmate starts telling rude Jesus jokes during class. There are a bunch of kids around. How do you respond?
- A good friend keeps using God’s name in vain. You don’t want to hurt her feelings, so how do you respond?
- There’s an atheist in your school who always gets into discussions about why he thinks God doesn’t exist, and his reasoning is offensive to Christians. How do you respond?
- You’re at a social event and a friend of a friend is wearing an offensive t-shirt about God. You don’t know this person, but she thinks her shirt’s cool and keeps showing it off. How do you respond?
So PI ladies, now it’s up to you. If you think you have the perfect words to respond to these scenarios, then share them with us in the comments below. Make sure you reference which scenario your response is for.
Also, if you have a scenario, feel free to post that as a comment also! Just make sure you begin your comment with “SCENARIO:” so your fellow PI girls can read them and offer up suggestions.
Remember ladies, we are all stewards of Christ, so keep it respectful and kind, “so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”