Today I saw something that made me think of the status of Christians everywhere. I witnessed a young lady sit down to eat a meal at a public eatery and before she ate any food she bowed her head and folded her hands. I am assuming that she was thanking God for her food, but it also seemed as though she was trying to hide the fact that she was praying.
I will be the first to admit that I don’t always thank God for my meals when at the table, but I do thank Him at the beginning of the day or at the end of the day. My practice may not be in with the best discipline, but I do thank God nonetheless. So, again, I am not without fault here.
What I would like to point out concerning how we conduct ourselves as Christians in public. Starting with what the Bible says we are to never deny Christ or He will deny us; (Matthew 10: 32 – 33) 32. “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”
As we are human and prone to forgetting things I find it fortunate that through the grace of God we have Jesus Christ and the ability to ask for forgiveness, along with the ability to pick up the Bible and remind ourselves of what Christ actually said. So being my own worst critic and quick to be hard on myself when I don’t do the things I should, I love the fact that God has a way of reminding us of what is important and that sometimes He doesn’t work in mysterious ways to keep us on track with our physical and spiritual life.
When it comes to our confession of faith in Jesus Christ we should only fear a few things; God, something that can destroy both the body and soul, and offending the Holy Spirit. Nowhere in that list does it say to fear another human being. In my own experience if someone is offended it is because they are trying to suppress the truth of God and are feeling conviction from God and instead of agreeing to or complying with it, they become angry or “offended”.
So to give a bit of a warning; if you happen to see me or another Christian praying prior to eating their meal, maybe as a Christian approach us and let us know that we did the right thing; everyone can use a dose of support from other Christians. If you are not a Christian, then maybe take the time to ask the person why they pray; you might be surprised by what you hear.
Jesus Christ is the risen Savior and in this truth resides the living God that we glorify in all that we do.