Assignment, Evangelism, Growth/Maturity, Motivation

Advocate or Performer?

While browsing through old writings, I came across an interesting assertion from one of my favorite books.  In Race Matters, Cornel West asserts:

“The black dress suits with white shirts worn by Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., signified the seriousness of their deep commitment to black freedom …What stood out most strikingly…was that they were almost always visibly upset about the condition of Black America…[they] were angry about the state of black America, and this anger fueled their boldness and defiance.  In stark contrast, most present-day black political leaders appear too hungry for status to be angry, too eager for acceptance to be bold, too self-invested in advancement to be defiant.  And when they do drop their masks and try to get mad, their bold rhetoric is more performance than personal, more play-acting than heartfelt.”  

Upon reading this statement, I immediately thought about Christians’ approach to spiritual freedom.  I couldn’t help but ask, “Are we serious and deeply committed to spiritual freedom (for ourselves and others)? Are we angry about the sin that continues to permeate our society?  Does our passion for Christ fuel us to boldly advance the Kingdom of God?  Or are we so self-absorbed and earthly-invested such that salvation is not our priority?  When others see us, do they see someone who is serious about Christian living or are our claims nothing more than a performance?”

In pondering this, I admit that I haven’t always been a Malcolm X or MLK when it comes to the things of God.  I can, however, start from this day forward exhibiting greater passion and commitment to advancing God’s kingdom.  Here are a few tips on how we can all be better advocates for Christ:

1.  Be Zealous

Do not be slothful in zeal.” (Romans 12:11 ESV).  As Christians, we can’t be lazy when it comes to advancing God’s will.  God desires that we all receive the freedom of salvation.  Therefore, we cannot become lax once we have accepted Christ as our Savior.  We have a responsibility to share the gospel as often as we can.  When we do so zealously, others will be saved.  “[Apollos] had been instructed in the ways of the Lord, and being full of zeal, he used to speak and to teach accurately the facts about Jesus…he mightily helped those who through grace had believed.” (Acts 18:25: 27 MontgomeryNT).

2.  Stop Playing the Part

Get serious and stop playing the part!  Being a Christian is not a performance.  It’s not about being popular, accepted, or fitting in.  Instead, it requires daily sacrificial living.  God does not want us to straddle both sides of the fence.  He’s looking for women that are sold out for the cause.  “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold.  I wish that you were one or the other!  But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot not cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” (Revelation 3:15 NLT).

3.  Remember that the Things of God are Worth Fighting For

Don’t be afraid to stand up and fight!  Matthew 11:12 states, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” (NIV).  As Christians, we were not intended to be passive when it comes to the things of God.  We are in the midst of spiritual warfare.  God has designed us to be spiritual soldiers for Christ.  Hence, just as a natural soldier advances and defends the freedoms of his fellowman, God intends for us to do the same.  

Dear Daddy,

Thanks for the love and patience that You have for Your people.  Forgive me for the times when I have not been hungry for the things of God.  Moving forward, help me not to be slack concerning Your will.  Help me to remain zealous and committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   Help me to be a true advocate who recognizes that the cause of salvation is worth fighting for.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to be zealous, stand boldly, and fight for the things of God.  Get hungry and fired up about Kingdom-building!  Don’t let your claim to Christianity be a performance.  Remain serious and committed to the faith. 

Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)

7 thoughts on “Advocate or Performer?”

  1. After writing this, I immediately thought of the TV series Law & Order. In the series you have many actors who are “playing” the role of an attorney. The fact that they look and dress the part doesn’t make them a true advocate. They are simply performers. God is saying to us–“Stop just looking the part!” It’s time to be true advocates for Christ. We can fool people from the outside by just looking the part, but God looks at our heart and the fruit that we produce (or the lack thereof) will reveal the truth. In order to produce fruit, you have to plant seeds. Planting seeds requires work.

    Lastly, I will share this observation: as an attorney, I get to see men and women advocate for others all the time. You can always tell when a person is truly advocating for their client. They don’t just go through the motions, but they do everything they can to advance their client’s position (In fact, our professional responsibility is to “zealously represent our client”). If we are to be true advocates for Christ, we can’t just go through the motions either. We have to zealously represent Him. God bless

  2. For some reason, todays EmpowerMoment didnt go through email and this was definitely something that needs to be read. I am sure God will get it where it needs to be while I check on the issue 🙂

    But this is an awesome post! It seems like it continues with with last week’s theme of “Are you really doing enough?” or Sunday’s message of “Go Deeper!” I dont want to “play” the part…I want to BE and LIVE the part! Thanks Tasha for a great word!

    1. God will indeed get it where it needs to go. His word never returns void! As for the related EMs, I definitely thought about last weeks post. It’s always a blessing when God confirms His word.

  3. Tasha,was you listening to my prayer or any of my thoughts today? My sample writing piece that I’m working on is called,”FALSE ADVERTISEMENT” ! YES, we need to get it together because judgement seat time is approaching us soon and we are going to have to account for everything(even every word!) to him and there will only be the Father and us(nobody to help us) at that moment. What a sobering thought. Have I only been a patron in his kingdom or have I been a servant? I LOVE GOD and how he still speaks to us to not leave us blind and behind! Thanks,Tasha for having an ear to hear his voice and deliver this in season word.EmpowerMomonets you know the rest… Continue until he returns:)

    1. You are so right. God does not leave us blind and that is a blessing that we often take for granted. Your words remind me of the Apostle Paul: “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness…” 2 Timothy 4:6-8 KJV. The fight that Paul is referring to is exactly what we are talking about–the fight to spread the gospel of salvation. At the end of his life, Paul was confident that God would be pleased with him, because he had lived a life that fulfilled his call. In order to be in the confident position that Paul stood in, we have to be willing to fight the fight as he did. Many blessing on your writing piece!

  4. Tasha,
    Though we’re not connected in the physical world, we’re definitely connected in the spiritual!! Your post is indeed directly connected to some things that have been stirring in my spirit and your post is a confirmation!!!! There’s something that’s been placed in my belly and I tell you this ties into it. Just want to be the best daughter that I can be and thank you for the reminder to not just play the part on “Sunday’s” during service and then let our shine fade away during the week. I WILL stand boldly for Kingdom building and be about my Daddy’s business!!!! God bless you Sis!!

    1. You said it right (and I am almost in tears)! I must be about my Father’s business! Often we are handling or in the midst of everyone else’s business but we neglect the business of our Father. God has commissioned each of us to do great things that fall in line with His sole purpose for dying–to bring salvation to the world. Nothing else that we do matters! Most of us have fallen off the wagon at some time or another, but we have to refocus and “prioritize.” There are lost souls waiting to be found.

      I love when God confirms His word!!! It’s comforting and empowering. May God be with you as you continue to walk in His path :-).

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