This week I was blessed to go watch a Saint Bonaventure basketball game. St. Bonaventure is a university in my hometown of Olean, New York and anyone who grew up in Olean still loves to root for the “Bonnies”. Since I do not live near my hometown anymore, I rarely get to see a game, but this past week some friends from church gave me free tickets to watch them play a team near where I live.
I was excited to watch the Bonnies and so hopeful not just to watch them play, but to see them win the game. I brought along my two sons who do not have the heart string attachment to the team, but were cheering for them as well. It was an exciting time for all of us!
What made it interesting to me was to be cheering for the away team when I was surrounded by a larger majority who were rooting for the home team. I have to admit, if it were a home game for the Bonnies I would have been rooting a lot louder! I guess you could say I was trying to be somewhat respectful and also a bit cautious. Who knows how a die heart fan from the home team might respond to my cheers?
It made me think about our Christian witness. Today, I live in a country in which, for the most part, people will tolerate the expression of my Christian faith. The culture is not completely antagonistic or violently opposed to Christianity. Yet, the number of committed Christians and those with a Biblical worldview seems to be declining. At some point, will it be as if we are in the arena of the opposing team when we root for Jesus?
And if that day comes, will I become a timid follower of Jesus or an emboldened representative of Christ?
How about you? Do you ever feel intimidated to represent Jesus Christ when you are surrounded by people who are not of the faith? If so, how do you respond?