God: The Taboo Topic

I am always amazed at how timid Christians become when they are in conversations about God outside of their church building.  It seems to me that people are more worried about not offending someone than they are about their convictions/beliefs.  The question then becomes: are you making tolerance your ideology?  Jesus has said that you cannot serve two masters (Matt. 6:24).  Which one are you going to serve?

I am by no means urging Christians to go out and impose their religion on another person.  No, instead I am merely pointing out the current Christian mind-set of avoiding “controversy” because of their particular beliefs.  Why won’t Christians discuss God?  It is because they either (a) don’t know how (b) are afraid that their beliefs will be challenged, or (c) want to avoid losing a “friend”, or “offending” someone. 

Well, first off, if you don’t know how to speak about God, it’s time for you to do a little more studying (in other words, be a responsible Christian).  Secondly, if you are afraid your beliefs will be challenged, then it sounds like your faith isn’t a strong as Jesus says it should be.  Again, go back and read the Bible more; search for different avenues to study the faith.  It also helps to practice talking to someone about your faith, maybe another believer.

Last, if you are afraid of offending someone, then you need to re-evaluate your priorities.  Simply saying what you believe to a friend should not upset them (if they truly are your friend).  Am I saying to tell them out of no where, “Hey, did you know Jesus is the son of God?”  No not necessarily, I am telling you that when conversations about God, Jesus, science, evolution, etc. come up, do not run away with your tail tucked between your legs.

God has been made a “taboo topic” as of late.  Sure, the entertainment industry is making millions off of Jesus’ name, but then we find that it becomes offensive to wish someone a “merry Christmas”.  Unfortunately, this has scared many people, and as a result, they hide their Christianity. 

So please, be responsible and convicted in your beliefs.  God has become a taboo topic as of late, and that is not okay.

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4 Responses

  1. that’s an honest observation, i may say. but i’d like to add more to that observation of yours.

    these majority of Christians that you’ve been observing are NOT all real, in the strictest biblical sense. i maybe sound biased, but being a Christian is not just an affiliation to an organized Christian Church, with worship services and other gatherings.

    what i’m trying to impart is, not all we see within the limits of our senses is the absolute reality. and i commend you for posting this topic. i guess, you’re responsible enough to voice out your convictions (maybe in Christianity) in any given situation and without reservations of fear and offenses to others’ beliefs.

    and if you’re looking for peculiar Christians who are not considering “GOD” as a taboo topic, i think you’ll find this one site i found. http://www.truthcaster.com

  2. Hi Renji,
    thanks for the compliments. I agree, we can’t define reality with only our senses, especially considering that God exists outside (as well as inside) of the physical/reality.

    You also make a good point about what it means to be a Christian. I think the label Christian is applied too loosly these days…it’s more than being idle.

  3. I am from India. I don’t know why the people of other religions should be expected to take offense when a Christian invokes the name of God or Jesus or the Bible. Millions of Hindu children in India study the Bible while at their Missionery schools, but don’t convert into Christianity after growing into adults. For all the modern people’s pretense to the so-called global village outlook, they are far from any oppurtunity to make an inter-religious study of faith. What still stands ground is the same old hat “either with us or against us” attitude.

    I support your views. People should not be made to feel guilty of talking about their honest religious convictions, no matter who the audience are. That’s the true manners, but not implicitly outlawing and rubbishing the very religious identity altogether. It will amount to another version of medieval narrow-mindedness.

  4. HI T. Bala,

    thank you for your insights. You are right, we should not feel guilty for talking about honest religious convictions as those are what make us who we are.

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