To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
1 Corinthians 9:22-23
To be successful in politics and in business you need to find common ground with the voter and the customer. Fail that and you won’t succeed. The same is true when we act as witnesses for Christ. We need to meet people where they are. That means being gracious – grace-filled – and not trying to bully people or shame them.
I once had a politician pin his lapel button on my chest (without my permission) on live TV. Let me tell you, I wasn’t impressed by that.
No one wants to be bullied into something, not even something that could save their life, as a life of faith actually does.
And few people want to be argued into it.
If a person comes up to you and asks constructive questions about the faith, that’s great. And if you don’t have the answers, help them find somebody who does. Constructive questions mean an intellectual curiosity and openness to the truth. Heated arguments, on the other hand, rarely end well.
Paul tells us that we must share the blessings of faith; and the best way to share the faith is by the humble and diplomatic witness of your life. There are a lot of people out there, hollow and hurting, who will want what you have – the serenity and confidence of faith.
Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, remember that sharing the faith doesn’t mean we have to stand on a street corner with a megaphone. Our better witness is to live an openly Christian life of kindness and service.