I recently had dinner with a couple of friends, and colleagues and during dinner, the conversation skirted around different topics from work, marriage, religion, and inevitably God.
Everyone seemed to have an opinion on how God should be served and those who are serving him “properly” and those who are not. The argument went from why Christians believe in God to how “we” are being deceived by the white men who “brought” Christianity to Africa, and our pastors.
I listened and observed as my colleague who is a Christian fought valiantly with all sorts of argument to explain to the “unbelievers”, the principles of her faith. The more she fought, and argued vehemently, the more frustrated she got until her voice became hoarse.
And then I thought to myself, “Does God need us to defend him”?
Interestingly, maybe a year ago, I would have actively participated in that discussion. Jumping to defend my faith and why I believe what I believe. But I saw this: 1st Timothy 6:20-21 (NLT)
Timothy, guard what God has entrusted to you. Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge. 21 Some people have wandered from the faith by following such foolishness. May God’s grace be with you all.
I don’t know about you, but this gives me a clear perspective on what I should do, if I ever find myself in a place where Christianity, God and spirituality is being discussed by people who are not born-again.
Check this out: Colossians 2:8 (NLT)
Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.
I love God, I believe in his son Jesus Christ and I am committed to letting the whole world know about that. But by the spirit of God in me, and his word, I know that those vehement arguments do not change anybody. I don’t need to shout anybody down.
I believe the life I live should preach the message first. And when I speak, I speak by the power of the spirit and let him do the convincing. The gospel of Christ should not be used for winning an argument. It is the power of God unto salvation.
Any conversation that does not edify your spirit or bless others around you is not worth having. Think about it, after these arguments, do you feel blessed? Do you edify or lead anyone to Christ? Most times, these arguments leave you empty and exhausted. Doesn’t that tell you something?
Bottom line is, God doesn’t need us to argue on his behalf. Just love him, and let your life testify of his realness, and those who will be saved, will be saved.