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Eyes of the Father: Why be shy about revealing our faith?

POSTED: April 15, 2012 1:00 a.m.

There are certain times when my kids make me so proud. Cole mooning an entire restaurant, however, was not one of those times. 

A few years ago, we were eating in a local restaurant. As we sat there, Amy thought she smelled something. Since we were in the process of potty-training Cole, she automatically thought it was him. She leaned toward him and whispered, “Cole, have you had an accident?”

“I didn’t poop!” Cole said loud enough for all the people sitting around us to hear. “See?”

With that, he stood up on the seat and pulled his pants down. The fact that he had not, in fact, had an accident was lost in the mad scramble to get him to pull his pants back up.

Amy and I both wanted to slide out of our seats and hide under the table. We were so embarrassed! Not that we should have been, I guess. After all, the other restaurant patrons were laughing, the wait staff was laughing, Chloe and Cole were laughing. It seemed we were the only two who weren’t.

Later, as I kept reliving the horror — I mean, the moment — I realized that Cole had absolutely no reservations about pulling his pants down in the middle of a restaurant and exposing a very private part of his body.

But he should have been! In our society, we know (or should know) to keep private things private.

Like our faith.

Wait a minute, our faith is private?

For many people, it is. They cover it up, they hide it. They certainly don’t openly reveal it to others like Cole did his, um ... yeah.

Why do they treat their faith as such a private matter? Maybe they’re shy or scared or worried about offending someone, so they cover up their faith and don’t let anyone know about it.

Should our faith be a private matter? I don’t believe it should. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus told his disciples (and by extension, us) to tell people about their (our) faith. In fact, Jesus admonished them (and us) to be intentional about sharing their (our) faith with others.

We must engage people and reveal to them our faith in Jesus Christ. Just as his death on the cross for our sins was not a private issue for him, our faith in him should not be a private issue for us.

Parrish Myers is a local minister. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.


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