The “authorities” are stuck. And sometimes we get stuck, too, when people ask us about our Sunday morning activities. On the one hand, we don’t want to offend anyone, while on the other, we’re encouraged, as apostles, to share our faith. So to hedge our bets, we may try to be noncommittal like the scribes, chief priests and elders. But that really doesn’t get us anywhere, just like the authorities with Jesus.
Being up front and honest about our beliefs without sounding preachy can help someone else’s faith to grow. If they see what God has given you-faith, courage, commitment, peace, and love-they may decide they want that, too. You never know, maybe God has already been at work in that person’s life, and you’re the final catalyst to help them commit. If nothing else, at least they’ll know you’re not available on Sunday mornings. As it says over 350 times in the Bible, do not be afraid, God through the Holy Spirit gives you the authority and ability to speak and act in God’s name. And I have found, the Holy Spirit will let you know just how far you should go.
Holy Lord, give us the grace to know what to say when questioned about our faith. May our words and actions always build others up and praise you. Amen. — RK