Last week we looked at a story of an incident that happened to a little 9 year old girl in school. If you recall, she was chastised because she led a prayer at lunch for herself and two of her friends. As a result, she was taken to the principal’s office, her parents were contacted and informed if she did this again, she would be suspended from the school system. As I ended this story, I commented as Christianity has been attacked in the past; it still continues, to this day. At the conclusion, following a thought, I asked three questions. Here is an excerpt from last week:
What matters is how we choose to respond. Do we respond with evil hearts? Absolutely not! Are we to defend God regardless the cost? I say no. Are we to seek peace if peace is possible? To that, a resounding yes (Romans 12:18).
I want to clarify the point of the second question, ”Are we to defend God regardless of the cost?”
As I answered no, my point was not a question of defending God. It was directed at our attitude and disposition as we do so. In all moments, as his ambassadors, we are to remember that we represent God. Therefore, even in the face of evil, God does not give us permission to sink to a level lower than that of his children in our response. We are to honor God in ALL our actions because it is love that draws the world to the cross, and not our arguments. So as the body of Christ moves forward in our effort to reach the lost, we must remember to lead with love first, then we will discover, our message will be heard.