When people see you, what do they see?
I believe that is a valid question in today’s world. Christians are often perceived as a hateful, self-righteous, ultra right-wing, bigots. Some of that is a false portrayal by various forms of media and entertainment, but we have also done this to ourselves. Christians attacking Christians on social media for a variety of reasons, church members fighting and not getting along, church splits…
You get the idea, we haven’t always been good about putting God on display. Even in those moments when we may be “right”, fighting to push our rightness just because we want people to know we are right and they are wrong causes more damage.
I have a nerd game I love to play, Sentinels of the Multiverse. It is a co-op game deck building game where 4 or 5 people can play the game as superheroes against a villain. One hero that I love having in the game is Haka, he is a “Hawaiian” superhero that can do some serious damage to the villain in the game.
There is one card that comes in handy but only in certain situations… it’s called Rampage and it will do 5 damage points to all villains but also deals 2 collateral dagame points to all heroes. At the wrong point of the game, it can actually hurt the heroes more than it damages the villains.
Sometimes well-meaning Christians do the same things… in an effort to do what is right it’s possible to do more damage than good. That means we have to be willing to take a good look at ourselves to see how are we really displaying Jesus.
In Exodus 28 we see the commands of how the high priest was to be dressed. 31 “Make the robe of the ephod entirely of blue cloth, 32 with an opening for the head in its center. There shall be a woven edge like a collar around this opening so that it will not tear. 33 Make pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet yarn around the hem of the robe, with gold bells between them. 34 The gold bells and the pomegranates are to alternate around the hem of the robe.
The high priest was a living picture, putting God on display to the Israelites and to the Gentiles around them. Because of the bells, everyone knew who the high priest was and where he was. He was always on display, all the time… never off. We aren’t called to where bells on the fringes of our clothes. But we are called to put God on display.
Matthew 5 we get this command14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
We are a people who are supposed to be a picture of what God is like, there is never a time where we aren’t supposed to put God on display. And Jesus not only lived this way but teaches us to do the same. Let your good deeds be seen by others so that they may glorify God in heaven.