In a society that is quick to think of religious views as a taboo topic in the workplace and at social gatherings, expressing your Christian views to others can be difficult. In fact, many situations can make people feel uncomfortable when they simply want to spread the Word of Christ.
For devout Christians, spreading the Word of Christ is not about trying to forcefully put their views on others; rather, it is a way to lend some helpful words of advice and inspire those who might be going through a troublesome time in their lives.
Instead of hiding your faith in shame and letting others make you feel as if, in this day and age, there is no real place for strong religious views, hold yourself confident in your faith and know who you are in Christ.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. —Joshua 1:9 KJV
The feeling of dismay doesn’t necessarily come from something that is spoken or a direct confrontation from another. This can come from something as small as being excluded from a workplace conversation or an outing amongst friends. Some people can view your Christian beliefs as being almost a hindrance from having fun or being socially involved with others.
There are ways to take steps in letting coworkers understand that you are not there to judge them or put your own Christian views onto them, but the real issue at hand is your own confidence in your beliefs. Accept the fact that there will inevitably be people or groups that will want to tamper down your inclusion because of their own discomfort, which has nothing to do with your individual faith. Being confident in your Christian beliefs is about knowing that God is with you and you are never alone.
Take comfort in the inclusion God has given you and be confident in your faith. Many Christians succumb to their fear of being ostracized and take comfort in belonging to groups or socializing only with those who have the same beliefs. While it can be positive to be around like-minded people who share the same faith, Christianity is not about segregating yourself. On the contrary, Christianity involves a deep sense of community that often means being around others who may not share your same beliefs. In fact, Christians are called on to spread the Word of God and display their faith proudly.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. —Mathew 5:14-16 KJV
Instead of allowing others to shun you or what you believe in, embrace that God has given you the courage to boldly speak of His love. Knowing that God is with you will allow you to be confident in your faith.
Don’t be afraid to offer words of scripture when speaking with someone, whether it’s backing up your words of advice or simply stating the Word of God. Think of this action as something you can be proud of. While the person may not be incredibly receptive, know that spreading the Word of God isn’t meant to be easy. However, worth having comes easily.
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart —Psalm 37:3-4 KJV