1 Peter 3:15 says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have, but do this with gentleness and respect…”
I’m often faced with many different questions like; why did I choose to do Christian Hip Hop instead of secular music? Why does it matter if I listen to secular music? Do you really think that God even cares about me checking out a Rated R flick? If God is so loving, why would He allow my loved one or friend to die such an ill death? And my favorite, what’s the big deal about having sex before marriage if I planned on marrying him/her anyway?
The answers to some of these questions seem to always get glazed over with no true conviction. So, how do we prepare ourselves for the awkward moments we are placed in by the asking of the so-called “grey area” questions? Well, the obvious way is to dig deep into the scripture. Secondly, being plugged into a church that links you and the understanding of God’s Word will strengthen your confidence when challenged by the grey areas. In order to have the answers for someone else you must study to find out those solutions for your own foundation.
1 Peter 3rd chapter continues by saying, “Keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”
We as believers must get to a point in our everyday life that reflects the very Word that we say we believe. Christ must come first, no matter the reaction of the people around us even if it means losing friends, support from love ones or fans along the way. Being afraid to speak on these topics can cause you to look as if you don’t understand or believe The Word yourself. Serving Christ is not supposed to be the popular way of life. In fact, sometimes there will be moments when the surrounding tabloid will try to shake us off of our foundation. It’s such a blessing to know that in the midst of slander and intentional hurt, we can have clear vision because of our preparation through His Word.
Lord, thank you for Your Word. Help me to be ready to answer everyone that has questions by getting into Your Word. Although, the world may not understand what we believe, help me to stand firm on Your Word with a clear conscience and an understanding of Your Word for myself…Amen!