Joy Behar’s remarks. Billy Graham’s death. The High School shooting. Current events certainly make their way of circulation around the social media platforms. Current events are good at keeping public discourse up, debates swirling, and comments flying; whether you like it or not.
My only qualm for us that claim to be Christian is this: why do we wait to stand for the gospel only when it’s popular?
I don’t mean popular as in the sense of being well-received and attractive. I’m talking about when Christianity, and it’s relevance on the public platform, are being peddled up for discussion and placed before the eyes of millions to be scrutinized. It seems to me that seemingly everyone is a Christian at this point and comes in like a heat-seeking missile to defend their faith when it’s under attack or to support it with strong words when it’s being hailed.
Don’t get me wrong; we should do those things. My only problem is that I see so many people in my own news feed rushing to call for Joy Behar’s apology and ABC’s cancellation of the show or broadcasting Billy Graham’s livestream celebrating his life. Now, hear me on this, I love seeing the action being taken. As a matter of fact, I think it’s a beautiful celebration of freedom; however, I see so many that are not a part of a local church, let alone some that don’t even attend worship services at all.
If we are such committed believers, rushing to defend our Christ while also touting His gospel by celebrating His beloved servants, then why is the “commitment” not visible in between such monumental events? Have we forgotten that He commands the assembly of His saints on a weekly basis (Hebrews 10:24-25)? Are we steadfastly serving Him, daily, by denying ourselves and picking up our crosses? Are we daily seeking to make Him known through our work ethic, our marriage, our relationships, our commitments, our schedules?
Are we rushing to His defense when it’s merely someone across the hall taking His Name in vain? Are we rushing to the defense of His glory when it’s simply our children disobeying His righteous commands? Are we in a compelled desperation, taking our fingers to the keyboards of our phones when our brothers and sisters in Christ are missing from Lord’s Day (Sunday) worship? Are we just as compelled to make Him known when the dust settles and there’s a dry spell in breaking news and not-so-easy-to-share video clips on Facebook and Instagram?
Let’s do better. Let’s be better. Let’s always remember the daily urgency of the Great Commission’s message of always going, always preaching, always teaching, always baptizing, and always believing. Not only when it’s popular.
“18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28