I graduated from the best university in the world. If you don’t believe me, just ask me. I have always been proud of my alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Maybe not always proud given some recent headlines, but still.) I never miss an opportunity to cheer on Tarheel sports teams and declare their superiority.
Many of you feel the same about your favorite team. Or maybe you don’t care about sports at all, but you will talk all day about your favorite movie or song, soap opera character or fishing hole. Anyone who knows you, knows what you love the most.
Do they know that you love Jesus?
If you are a thoughtful, compassionate person you will be careful about how you talk about your love for Jesus. We don’t want to place our faith in the same category as our love for a sports team. Love for God is much more personal and more important. And we understand that it can be emotionally troubling for others. A person who has been the victim of a religious group’s abuse may not want to hear much about your personal experience of Jesus. To be careful about how we talk about our faith is kind and loving.
But if we hide our faith, never let other know that Jesus is our Lord, we are choosing to rob God of the glory that He deserves. The Lord’s Prayer states, “Our Father in heaven, let your name be praised.” Jesus said our prayer should begin with the petition that God’s name would be praised. Shouldn’t we be the ones who praise that name? Shouldn’t we be the ones giving God the good reputation that He deserves to have?
We are proud to declare our allegiance to and love for many things in this world. The world needs to know that our deepest allegiance and our most profound love is Christ.
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC