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)