There are two guiding questions I’ve learned to ask myself when deciding whether to speak out as a Christian. They help me distinguish between action that is faith-based and actions that come from my own agenda.
The first is: Do I sense a calling from God to speak or act in this way? The call of God through the prompting of the spirit is not easily ignored.
Once I determine that God is calling me to action, I ask: Am I loving my neighbors the best I can as I speak and act even if they disagree with my words and deeds?
It may take some trial and error, and it will take a lot of prayer and courage, but our faith is meant to be lived. It’s meant to be seen. Jesus called us light for the world, like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden, shining like a beacon to all those looking for justice, for redemption, for grace.
This message is adapted from “Public faith” written by Collette Broady Grund that first appeared in the October 2015 issue of Café magazine.