What Does it Mean to be Candidly Christian?
I’m so glad you asked! Candidly Christian actually has a two-fold meaning. It means…
1. Being Candid About Our Struggles.
Life isn’t always neat and tidy, yet all to often we try to pretend that it is. We want others to think we have it all together, even when we really don’t. What we fail to realize is that when we are honest about our struggles, we can not only get encouragement and support, we can also encourage and support others who are going through the same struggles we are.
While we are afraid of others judging us for our sin, we fail to obey God’s command to confess our sins to one another (James 5:16). Proverbs 28:13 says, “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” That’s why it’s important to be candid about our struggles.
And Candid Christianity isn’t just about confessing our sins, but also being honest about other struggles as well. Life is hard, being a Christian doesn’t change that. Jesus isn’t a genie in a bottle waiting to whisk all our cares away, but instead, He is our ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). Jesus promised us in John 16:33 that in this world we would have trouble, pretending otherwise doesn’t help anyone. Instead, we should be honest and come together to love and support one another through the struggles of life.
2. Speaking Candidly About Our Faith.
Telling others about Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and what that means to us doesn’t always come easy. It’s easier to skirt around the issue than it is to face an awkward situation by trying to explain why we believe the way we do. Instead of standing up for Christian values, we bow out of the situation as gracefully as possible. Yet, that’s not what God has called us to do.
Deuteronomy 6 tells us, “…these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (vs. 6 & 7)
We also have to remember Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:33, “…whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” That’s serious stuff.
It isn’t just enough for us to know Jesus, we need to talk about Him. We need to tell others about Him.
Romans 10:14a, 17 says, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? …So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
If we truly believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we have to believe that those who don’t have a personal relationship with Him are in danger. If we truly believe that, how can we not love them enough to warn them? Yes, it’s hard, but the more we do it the easier it will get.
When we are open and honest about our faith, we can lovingly point others to Christ.
The mission at CandidlyChristian.com is to be open and honest about our faith and our struggles while we encourage other women in their walk with God. Our hope is that we can come together to love one another as Jesus loves us.
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Our book, Candid Conversations, is coming August 13th, 2018. Stay tuned for more details.