Are We Ashamed of Jesus Christ?
Religious freedom and religious persecution are hot topics right now in the United States, as evidenced by our interviews with Todd Starnes last week and Daniel Lusko today. Charles Stanley even invited attorney Kelly Shackelford to speak about it on In Touch during the July 4th weekend. All of this talk about persecution got me thinking. So I put together a quiz to help us evaluate just how much we value our Christian faith. Why not take a few minutes to consider how important your faith is to you?
Directions: Answer as honestly as you can, according to the following scale. Then add up your score at the end. Perfect score: 60 points
5 = Definitely
4 = I believe so.
3 = It could go either way.
2 = I don’t think so.
1 = No way.
1. Would you be willing to die for your faith?
2. Would you willingly go to prison for your faith?
3. Would you stay faithful to Jesus Christ even if it would endanger your children?
4. Would you stand strong in your faith even if meant your family would starve?
5. Would you take a severe beating rather than deny Jesus Christ?
6. Would you refuse to deny Jesus Christ even if denying Him was the only way to keep your job?
7. Would you expose yourself to public ridicule for the name of Jesus?
8. Would you risk rejection by sharing the gospel with a friend who needs to know Jesus?
9. Would you openly pray before a meal in a restaurant?
10. If someone who mocks Christianity invites you to go somewhere during your church time, would you tell him you’re going to church instead of going with him?
Bonus (10 pts.): Could you clearly explain why you believe in Jesus (1 Peter 3:15)?
How did you do? None of us knows for sure how we’d act in hypothetical situations. It’s easy to romanticize and think we’d willingly die for our faith. “I would never deny Jesus Christ!” we say. But how often do we deny Him in small ways?
One thing is certain. If we aren’t willing to stand up for the name of Jesus and the truth of the gospel now while we’re free, then we are unlikely to remain faithful under persecution. It’s something to think about – and act on – while we still have the freedom to do it.
I just know I don’t want Jesus to deny me before His Father in heaven, so with God’s help I won’t deny Him here on earth (Matthew 10:33). What about you?
© Jeanne Gowen Dennis