Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV)
You may have found that sharing is not always easy. You may hope that your actions, lifestyle and what you stand for will be enough. The only problem with not using words is that there are plenty of atheists and other non-Christian believers who also do nice things. How will the average person tell the difference, if you don’t share why you believe? I try to share wherever I can. I even share on Facebook. I have yet to be blocked for posting something, but I know that some of my friends do not agree with me. What amazes me is that they have not unfriended me. I give thanks to God that they have not, because it means I have time to try again. People may unfriend you or say that you are intolerant, just remember that Jesus told his disciples the following: Matthew 10:14 English Standard Version (ESV) “And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.” My beliefs have had an effect on my friends and I am sorry that they feel that way, but I have to honor God first. I believe that I am being as pastoral as is humanly possible. I really strive to not get into arguments with people, but rather have good conversations. I try very hard to convince them without belittling them. I am not a debater. I was never on a debate team, but I have read the Bible and I have not shied away from discussions on it, because I want my faith to be stronger. We could also just hunker down in our church and not try to venture out into the world and risk making anyone angry. This is a fortress mentality. That is not the Great Commission. Notice what I emphasized in Matthew 28. God is going to be with us even to the bitter end of this age. That means that if we die before the age comes to an end, then God has been with us. If the end of the age comes soon, then again God has been with us. WE ARE NOT ALONE. When we left the Episcopal Church, we were the only CANA church in New Jersey. Now there are more. When CANA joined the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), we became part of what is perceived to be the new Orthodox Anglican Province in the United States. Look at the map below. It is a map of the ACNA churches in the Eastern and Central part of the country. I have even marked where St. Georges is. You cannot even see the borders of New Jersey there are so many churches in the Greater Tri-State Area. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. God is with you. God is with me. God is with us. God is doing something. It may have seemed like he was not doing anything before, but now he is. In addition, we are no longer hampered by unorthodox beliefs that you have to dodge when people question you on what you believe. I am so glad to not have to make excuses for why I went to a conservative church in a denomination that was turning away from biblical orthodoxy. Do not be shackled any longer, go out into the world telling people why you believe in Jesus. Our Lord and Savior requires us to do so.