Last week I wrote about new NBA sensation Jeremy Linn and about a player named Tyler Lewis. These are guys breaking down walls of stereotypes. Jeremy is the first Asian-American NBA player and is breaking numerous records. Tyler is a short white kid from NC that was just named a McDonalds All-American.
Basically last week’s devotion reminded us that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover… In doing so I reminded us not to pre-judge a person’s interest or lack-there-of on hearing the Gospel; or even worse to not unBiblically pre-judge if a person is worthy of hearing the Gospel.
This week the devotion is to remind us of something that is related to this. We shouldn’t judge a book by its cover; but a book should remember it has a cover and the cover should represent clearly what is inside!
I believe Jeremy Linn has a responsibility to represent Asian-Americans well. I believe Tyler Lewis has a responsibility to represent white teenagers well. I believe young black men and women have a responsibility to represent their race well… and so on.
Asian-American journalist Bryan Chu wrote the following in a recent post: “Funny enough, I remember ending our 2008 interview by telling him that we both needed to represent and that I hoped we’d cross paths in the NBA one day.” (Found on BleacherReport.com)
I love the phrase that they “needed to represent.” I often remind the youth I deal with that they are either feeding stereotypes or breaking down walls. Yet when sharing to the church I want to make sure we all understand our responsibility.
As believers we need to be aware that there are many stereotypes about Christians. Most of these stereotypes are not positive in nature. We truly have a lot of walls to break down. So how do we do this?
It is time to “represent”! The Scripture calls us to be “ambassadors” or representatives for Christ. There are the old adages that “you are the only Jesus some people will ever meet” or the “only Bible some people will ever read.” The term “Christian” literally means a Christ follower – or in other words one that is doing what Christ did.
Does your life represent Christ well? Do people truly see a picture of Christ through you? When they hear you are a Christian then you need to realize you are presenting a “cover” to that “book.”
2 Corinthians 5: 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ…
I recently found a great Latin quote for us to live by:
Sit Nomine Digna
May it be worthy of the name…