“Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go….And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah.”
Acts 5:40b, 42
When was the last time you publicly proclaimed something? I’ll bet it wasn’t about your faith. The disciples cannot help themselves. They cannot stay quiet, even when ordered to do so by the authorities. They are so energized and enthusiastic about their faith that they must proclaim the life and love they have received from God in the person of Jesus. What in your life has you as energized and enthusiastic as the disciples? What do you proclaim…with your life, your actions, your words…and how does that point to the love of God?
In Christ’s Name,
Defense of Jesus, or Apologia, becoming a Christian Apologist, bears with it the stigma of society. It is most painful sometimes to sit at a table of scorners and mockers who consider you a paramount fool and to gently expound the faith. But there are other ways, not proclaiming, by which you can stand for Jesus. You can, for example, be truehearted as the psalmist says. You can decide not to toy with another’s feelings. You can be straight-minded and honest and true to God in your slightest regard for another. You can be deep and true and good with others.
“I would not love thee half so well/loved i not honor more.” Lovelace; honor and faithfulness are things of the past. I want to marry a man of true honor in Christ, because I have true faithfulness in Jesus.
You can never come away from the cycle of sin and repentance unless you are inducted (through honor and faithfulness) into the life of Christ in the Holy Spirit which is what baptism really is.