Sometimes I feel like standing up for the faith’ will just cause bad feelings and not change anyone’s mind. Is it still worth it? Is there a point in Proclaiming the Truth even if no one is listening?
Jesus said that the world will hate his disciples, or something to that effect. It’s pretty easy to make people hate you with any opinion, Christian or not, if you go on about it enough.
Sort of related to this, I read in the rules of a religious community that its members have to wear a cross, unless they are in a part of the world where they could be killed for wearing a cross. I know they wouldn’t hide their cross out of fear of martyrdom, but they’re doing it because they can use their life for greater things than walking around in public with a cross for a short time before they’re arrested.
What about those of us who are simply not good at dealing with people. In some situations I feel that way about myself, and sometimes I think I’d do more good for Jesus and the Faith by just being quiet rather than speaking up and starting an argument and possibly making people think even less of Christians.
You could carry this to extreme though. Maybe I shouldn’t wear a cross in case I do something wrong then people will think Christians aren’t good. Or maybe I shouldn’t even tell people I’m Christian until Jesus has perfected me and made me just like him. Come to think of it, thats why I don’t have a Jesus fish on my car, because what would people think when they don’t like my driving? Or is that worrying too much?
I think these things are all interrelated. Is there a FAQ on when to be quiet and when to speak up? Or can you offer me some advice on how you appoach this?