• Vanessa Clark

Tough Questions

The millennial generations are shocking everyone with their boldness to ask questions about difficult issues. All over the world, we have people rebelling against the status quo and upturning the comfort of tradition. Now, some are defiant and rebellious to the point of disrespect; as effective as a toddler throwing a tantrum. However, there are those who are peacefully protesting, challenging systems that target groups of people and confronting the racial and religious constrictions of their parents. Finally, the time has arrived to question the way we’ve been doing life for the past few centuries and to face how believers can show up and provide the answers. Here are the best 3 ways for Christians to offer solutions in an era where they can be the most effective.

1. Look In The Mirror

As Christians, we would be doing the world a disservice by thinking we have it all together or that we haven’t been a part of the problem. If we are honest with ourselves, we can confess that at times we have ignored the cries of people, we have left it all up to prayer, and we’ve gotten comfortable with not getting our hands “dirty”. When we turn on our TV today, we see how many pastors are now getting involved in the hard issues of our world but, where have we been this whole time? Where was The Church?

It’s time to take a hard look in the mirror, because if we aren’t a part of the solution (as we stand silently by) then we are a part of the problem. Here are the hard questions:

· Am I comfortable in my faith or am I being challenged daily?

· Do I really love my neighbor and when’s the last time I met them?

· What about my life offers a solution to the chaos in the world?

· Am I just hiding as I wait for Jesus to show up and save everyone?

· When’s the last time I witnessed to a stranger?

· When’s the last time I invited someone to service?

· Has my implicit bias gotten in the way of God using me?

· Am I a disciple of Christ who preaches the Gospel; beginning with my own family?

2. Personal Testimony

We have every advantage through social media, email, and apps on phone for face to face conversation to give our testimonies. Through the wisdom of God, we will know what to share and who to share with but, it’s important to let people see the goodness of God in our lives. We can no longer lean on the excuses that we aren’t “a people person” or, “not really that social” or expecting someone else to share. Our stories are unique and our lives are assigned to people who are waiting for us to open our mouths. A psalmist said it this way, “I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame…” Psalm 119:46.

Shake off the fear, the discomfort, and even the shame you have about your personal testimony, the world is waiting to hear how God can take a person like you and create a new creature in Him.

3. A Closer Walk

As Christians we have our own personal struggles to get through on top of witnessing to the world, evangelizing, being judged by everyone, being charitable, and the list goes on. The only strength we have to walk into our calling and purpose is to stay on our knees and in the Word of God. A closer walk with Him is our saving grace to handle everything that’s going on today. In John 15:5 Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Here’s the awesomeness of that verse; Jesus is saying it is His responsibility to make sure we bear fruit as long as we take up our responsibility of STAYING CONNECTED to Him. Our victory is in our proximity to our Savior!

In John 15:8 Jesus tells His disciples, “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.” The world will know us by our fruit and fruit comes from a closer walk with God. As we give as ourselves the hard questions, give our personal testimonies, and walk closer to God we’ll be equipped to join in on the hard conversations the world is having today. Not only will we have something to say but we’ll also have the solutions; we’ll show up with Christ in our lives and offer Him to a dying and hurting world.

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