Being a Christian isn’t the most popular thing to be right now. Many people mock Christians as blind fools who believe too strongly in dead people and their ancient scrolls. It’s easy to believe in Christ but hide it because you don’t want to be ridiculed. But I’ve found the blessings that come from living as a believer in Christ far outweigh the discomfort of an occasional rude comment.
Romans 1:16 says “For I am not ashamed in the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth…” This may be my favorite verse in all of the scriptures. I love its simple message of not being ashamed for believing in Christ. In The New Testament, Paul taught the gospel of Christ to everyone, especially to those who wanted to hurt him. He was able to convert one of the greatest empires in history, because he wasn’t ashamed in the truths he cherished.
In my last blog post, I talked about my experiences on a scout trip. The ranger that came with us on that trip wasn’t of our faith. He told me he wasn’t very religious, and he kind of subtly mocked our faith. Knowing this, it never stopped my troop from worshiping and bearing our testimonies. I was stunned at their strength to worship even when they knew that he didn’t approve of our faith. They even gave him a Book of Mormon.
The attribute I respect most, is people who have no shame in following Christ. I respect people who boldly defend their beliefs and who aren’t offended by attempts to insult them. When people allow others to step on their beliefs, it allows those who ridicule to feel power and pride in their non-belief. However, when you stand up for what you know to be true–the Gospel’s truth, you will be guided by the spirit, and those who ridicule you will feel your power. Don’t offend people or be rude when you defend the gospel because that will turn them away and they will not be touched by the spirit. Christ defended his Gospel meekly, with humility, and gentleness, but he always did it with the spirit.
I invite you to read and ponder one of my favorite scriptures “Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart I have written my law, fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.” 2 Nephi 8:7. This is my testimony. And I am not ashamed.