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“Why do Christians make so much noise about their belief in Christ? Shouldn’t they just keep it quiet so they don’t offend others?”— Becky
Yep, Christians make noise. Sometimes the noise is good and useful. Sometimes it is offensive.
Some sensitivity and respect will go a long way toward preventing the latter response.
However, “confessing one’s faith” is part of the package of being a Christ-follower.
Such “confession” goes beyond a simple, silent intellectual exercise.
In the language of the New Testament, the term translated “confess” literally means “to speak the same thing;” i.e., to declare openly and unreservedly one’s deeply held convictions.
In other words, when a believer “confesses” Christ, he is saying out loud, in public (I Tim. 6:12), that he stakes his life and his eternity on his conviction that Jesus is the Messiah (Mt. 16:16), the Son of God Incarnate (I Jn. 4:2, 14-15), literally, historically raised from the dead and Lord of his life (Rom. 10:9-10).
Furthermore, genuine confession calls for a lifestyle consistent with that confession.
If one professes to be a Christ-follower but does not take spiritual disciplines seriously, does not recognize the value of private and public worship, makes little effort to give, much less give generously, or serve with a heart of love which reflects Christ Himself, then one’s confession may be little more than empty platitude.
Jesus Himself taught that He would openly acknowledge His followers before God if they unashamedly acknowledged their belief in Him (Matt. 10:32). From this Christians understand that their faith is not a secret to be protected from public view.
There is no shame in being a Christian, no need to apologize. Indeed, unwillingness to acknowledge Christ may be tantamount to unbelief (Matt. 7:23; Titus 1:16; I Jn. 2:23; II Jn. 7).
Only faith is necessary for salvation, but the genuine experience of salvation will result in glad confession.
Christians ought to seek a balance: be ready to give a reason for the hope within but do it with gentleness, respect and a good conscience (I Pet. 3:15-16).