Sharing Our Convictions

Why are we, as Christians, so afraid to share our convictions? Maybe it’s the desire to be liked. Maybe it’s our desire to not unnecessarily alienate people. Maybe we don’t want to appear judgmental. Maybe we would rather discuss certain topics face to face. Maybe we want to be perceived as humble and approachable. Some of these are worthwhile considerations. But none are legitimate reasons to keep quiet about our convictions.

Not everyone is going to like us. We will always alienate those unwilling to hear the other side. Society sees the belief in moral absolutes as judgmental. Sometimes you can’t wait to make a statement in person. Humility means we think about how to best articulate our convictions not that we refuse to share them. Reasonable people understand that not everyone views the world the same way. They are fine with those who have different convictions. They just want to know that we don’t consider ourselves inherently superior to them. That’s fair because we aren’t any better. All have sinned, all have fallen short of His glory, and all are in need of a Savior. And that’s all the more reason to boldly share our convictions.

Judgment Or Conviction?

“I don’t like preachers who are judgmental” is a refrain I’ve heard numerous times. Many people use it as an excuse for infrequent (or a lack of) church attendance. When I probe a little, it turns out what they are really saying is “I don’t like people telling me that what I’m doing is wrong.”

There’s no denying many preachers cross the line from speaking the truth in love to manipulating behavior through guilt. There is no place for that and those who do it should be called on it. But calling believers to live according to the teaching of Scripture is not judgmental. It is the role of the pastor. May those of us who preach share the truth but do so in humility.