Be Bold

As I currently explore the different worldviews for my apologetics class, I have determined to be more caring to those who believe differently, yet more committed to how I believe. There is so much pressure from other worldviews these days for American Christians to be tolerant of others’ beliefs, but we aren’t called to be “tolerant” in the sense that many use the word today …loving yes, conforming, no. There is a marked difference.

One can look to the Old Testament and see an example of nonconformance to a secular view in the book of Daniel.  Daniel didn’t conform to praying only to the king but went against the law and bowed and prayed to only God just as he always did. He was even thrown into a den of lions because of his actions. As Christians we are called to be BOLD, not timid! While we don’t need to have an in-your-face attitude, we shouldn’t be ashamed of the gospel or our beliefs either, and we should stand up for those beliefs and the right to exercise them.

 Jesus never apologized for what he preached, even if it was hard for people to hear. We mustn’t apologize for our Christian beliefs, but represent them with the highest integrity, just as our Master did while on Earth, in humility and with love, giving God all the praise and glory. 2 Timothy 1:6-7 states, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

May you be bold in Christ!


Stephanie Holloway

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