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Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Rebecca Droeger

When I was a young Christian in the early 90’s, I was also a very insecure teenager.  I loved Jesus, and prayed everyday; but I also loved the world and wanted very much to be accepted by my peers as well as fit in.  Needless to say, I did not do either one very well.

While I talked about God often with close friends, I noticed that God was not something openly discussed in everyday conversation with others in school.  Although I was never ashamed of believing in Christ, I did not offer up this fact with others.  Honestly, I just assumed most people would be able to tell that I believed in God since Christianity was more predominate during that time frame.

Even if most of my peers were lukewarm in their practice, they never denied a belief in God.  Most of them would just talk about worldly topics before talking about something so “personal.”  Funny, these same kids seemed to have no issue talking about sex; but talking about God; well, that was too “personal.”

While being Christian wasn’t necessarily frowned upon, being “too” Christian was a bit much for my age-group.  Evangelical carried a certain stigma with it.  Although it was not seen as a right-wing, hate-group while I grew up, it was viewed as being somewhat ignorant of the world.  Evangelicals were cast as naïve, sheltered, overly-emotional zealots who put too much emphasis on God and not enough on the world around them.  Not all of them were outcasts, but they certainly weren’t considered mainstream.

Sadly, I partly held this belief at the time too.  I somewhat pitied these poor souls because they did not know how to relate to their fellow classmates.  While I admired that they wanted to be close to God, I also felt sorry for them that they might not ever quite fit in.  Deep down, I also thought that these same Evangelicals would not be prepared for the real world once they left the confines of their church and high school.  I often wondered if their sheltered lives would cause them to rebel when in college, or that they would get married too soon and regret it later by wondering what they missed out on.  Worst of all, I was worried that if they “beat their Bibles” over the heads of those they witnessed to that it would turn the unbelievers off of God and put up a permanent resistance in the unbelievers’ hearts.

As I’ve matured and grown in the Word of God, I no longer hold that same belief as I did when I was a teenager.  From my point of view now, there is no such thing as being too “Christian.”  Yes, our brethren can go overboard and become like the Church of Ephesus by overanalyzing the Word and forgetting their first love (Revelation 2:1-5); however, no one can have too much love for Christ or his fellow mankind by wanting them to be saved.

Growing as a Christian changes your whole being in ways I can’t describe.  While I used to view fitting-in as being important, I no longer worry about who is going to like or dislike me.  I no longer put emphasis on whether someone will think "I’ve checked my brains at the door" or feel like they can’t be themselves around me.  I refuse not to be myself around them; and that means the part of Christ I want people to see, and the human side that still needs improvement.

My desire to see those around me come to Christ continues to grow; especially as the prophetic clock ticks closer to His return.  While I do not consider myself imposing, I do find myself talking about our King much more openly than ever before.  It does not mean that all situations are the right time to talk about Him; but God keeps giving us more and more opportunities with the headlines in the news lately.  I find that more people are seeking answers to the chaos than ever before because of the birth pangs growing more intense.

As God continues to provide more opportunities to witness to His greatness, I just say a quick prayer before I discuss it and ask that God allows me to say what He wants me to say and that His Holy Spirit will work through me as He sees fit.  I always say some prayers afterwards so that the seeds that are planted will grow, whether He uses me as the rain, sunshine, or just the soil that got it all started.

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