Like the disappearing woman in a magician’s cabinet, my faith disappears without a trace over and over in one circumstance every time. Read on and I’ll explain.
It was just a couple week’s ago, when I received a message from a woman who was upset that I’d allow a fundraising event to be held at a UCC church. She also criticized me for hiding my faith in public and including no mention of it in newspaper interviews, TV news and columns.
I admit, I was kinda ticked. No one has ever accused me of being ashamed of my faith. I’ve had plenty of legalists criticize me for my music choices, clothing, reading list but that’s to be expected. They’ve got checklists of what “Christians” do and cannot do. Read Harry Potter and (Booyah!)you lose your salvation. Wear jeans to their service and you don’t love God enough to give Him your best. I’ve always committed to loving these folks with Grace like my Jesus has loved me.
When does my faith disappear without a trace? When I get interviewed by newspapers and TV stations, my faith gets edited out. I had a television interview that lasted 90 minutes. The reporter asked what keeps me going, what I do on difficult days. We talked about my trusting my God, praying and reading the Word. We talked about how the family of God helps and support someone when we are weak. I spent about 15 minutes sharing my faith with her and we talked about it being the core of my hope. When the 90 minutes was edited down to less than 90 seconds, there was never a mention of my faith and hope in Jesus. NOTHING! Not even a hint.
The same has been true of every newspaper article and column. I have shared the foundation of my life with every single one of them. They all ask what I do to manage and face the darkest, pain-filled days. My answer has always been the Hope of the Jesus I follow. When the story goes to print, my faith disappears every single time.
At least some of them include a link to my Facebook page or blog. I think I’ve been pretty clear here. If you think my blog hasn’t been bold enough in communicating what makes me tick, there’s nothing I can offer you except to love you with the Grace my Jesus has given me.
I promise you, if I get to go on live I’ll wear John 3:16 eyeblack patches, do a Tebow and say, “I owe everything I am to my Lord and savior Jesus Christ” while I point skyward. Until then, I’ll just share my faith with reporters and hope some of them might mention it.
This is my favorite song right now. I sing it or listen over and over when I’m suffering. As you listen, I think you’ll see why.
If Grace is an ocean, I am certainly drowning.
* WARNING FOR LEGALISTS: this music links to YOUtube. Some bad people post things there. Just don’t click to play it.
NOTE: Please do not judge the woman for giving me criticism. She’s doing her best to follow after Jesus just like me. She gave me the opportunity to explain how interviews work.