1 Peter 3:15 – But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. (NIV)
It seems that ever since I decided that admitting that one is a Christian doesn't mean one has to be forceful, or shout it from the rooftops, or broach the subject with everyone with whom one comes in contact, I frequently find myself being presented with situations where I am asked, albeit sometimes very subtly, about my beliefs as they pertain to something or other.
Take Super Bowl Sunday last year for instance. I'd been involved with other commitments, then joined family and friends for the last half-hour. Now, football isn't something I understand, nor probably ever will, but it was important to those around me, so I watched and listened as they described what someone should or shouldn't have done in a certain play or movement. At the end, one of the players on the winning team said that first and foremost he wanted to thank the Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
Much later, I was asked about that comment. "Why would he say that? Why would he thank Jesus instead of God? Where does God fit in? I thought God was the one responsible for everything." My explanation of the Trinity, and of how Jesus says that all come to the Father through him, but that we can also address God directly, must have been received in the gentle, respectful manner in which I'd hoped it had been presented, because we spoke at some length, and, upon leaving, it was requested that we continue the conversation again sometime.
Prayer: Grant us, O Lord, the ability to keep our hearts and minds open, that we may live by example, and in so doing, when asked of your word and works, our answers may be given in a graceful, gentle and respectful manner. In your name we pray. Amen.