Last week I found myself in an office at work where a particularly haughty woman was castigating a co-worker for wishing her a "Merry X-mas". You know the drill from here: "Jesus is the reason for the season", "they can take Christ out of Christmas but they can't take Christ out of me", etc., complete with contemptuous sneer and wagging index finger.
So, another bold believer standing up for her Lord, or just a Pharisee being a jerk? I've been considering this question while reading Presbyter's recent posts on "Digital Barbarism", and alongside the rash of now-ubiquitous Facebook comments like:
Billy Bob believes in Jesus Christ and is proud to say it! Let's see how many people on Facebook aren't afraid to show their love for our heavenly Father and Jesus Christ our Savior! Repost this as your status. Let's get God back in this country like He should be! If you agree...post this as your status update. Just copy and paste.Facebook appears to have replaced the bumper sticker as the place where Christians succumb to the temptation to "boldness". Yet, if my primary concern is that the world is dying without Christ, will they be saved because I brazenly copy and paste my outrage to Facebook? Will they be reached when our culture rejects expressions of "Happy Holidays" and re-accepts Nativity scenes in the town square? Or will they be reached when Christians heed Paul's instruction to "Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt ..."
If indeed "I am not ashamed of the gospel" and am ready to prove it by a public, glib display of self-righteous arrogance, maybe a little more shame is called for.