In this Walk the Way video, Pastor Jeff Klein is talking about how his 8-year-old son was embarrassed to write a simple sentence for his spelling homework. He was tasked with using the word saved. Jeff suggested, and his son quickly rejected, the sentence: "Jesus saved me."
It brings up a lot of questions. Where does an 8-year-old learn to be embarrassed by his faith? As Christians, why do we get embarrassed to mention we're Christians? If we're so willing to share other trivial things about ourselves, why not share the most important piece of our lives?
I think about this a lot lately. My church has been going through a sermon series about being a body of transformers in our community. It's time to get out of the sanctuary and into our surrounding neighborhoods. I'm so on board with this, but at times when I'm truly honest with myself, it does make me a little uneasy. I know I'm not alone. I've heard the statistic that only 1% of Christians will actually present the gospel to someone in their lifetime. Reaching out is being vulnerable. There's a fear of rejection by friends, co-workers or even complete strangers.
I'm not embarrassed by my faith and I'll openly talk about it. But I can say there have been times where I've held back on saying something about God or church in a conversation because I didn't want to create awkwardness with people. (In reality, this awkwardness is probably all in my head.) So in some ways, I'm like Jeff's son. I have work to do.
How about you? Have you ever been embarrassed to be saved? Have there been opportunities missed by hiding who you really are?