I smiled up at him. I’d never been to church, so I didn’t know. But Uncle Deb had been there. And he saw everything when his mom took him, so he should know.
This is an excerpt from my book Finding Her Heart. Teenager Allison is listening to her Uncle Deb, her adoptive father. I can recall hearing those same words from my own father as I was maturing and developing my faith. As I attended church and learned of God, I had to fight for my faith.
I know that part of what Uncle Deb and my own father said is true. Christians don’t always behave like children of God who are following Him, loving their neighbors, and doing good. Yes, Christians sin. Even after becoming Christians, they sometimes do not act like Christians.
When one reads the message of Paul in Romans chapters 12 through 14, he can see the anecdote to help Christians let their light shine. “Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light,” Paul says (Romans 13:12, ASV).
What is that armor of light? It is the love of Christ shed abroad in us, a love that is without hypocrisy. Christ’s love is diligent, not slothful; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing steadfastly in prayer; communicating to the necessities of the saints; given to hospitality; blessing them that persecute us, rejoicing with them that rejoice and weeping with them that weep. It holds fast to that which is good and hates that which is evil (12:9-16). It conquers all things.
Yes, Christians, it is time for us to awake. Let us always let Christ’s love shine through us so we don’t put a stumbling block of unbelief in someone’s way. We don’t want others to say, “I see how they act, and I don’t believe in their Christianity.” May we put on Christ and His love for all to see and believe. Donna Wittlif