Why is it so hard to talk about Christianity?

Asked by Hamish

I went to KYCK recently, which was awesome and i felt good that there where so many Christians to talk to but now a week later i dont feel that sense of being able to talk to anyone about my faith. Not even at my Christian group at school. Why is that?


Hi Hamish,

You’re not alone!  Many Christians describe what you are experiencing as a ‘mountain top experience’.  What they mean is, when we gather together at Katoomba with thousands of other Christians and hear great talks we are greatly encouraged.  There is a buzz about it that gets us pumped up as Christians and we are in a safe environment to discuss issues with others.  This is one of the reasons Christian conventions are so good.  The only down side is when we come back to our weekly routines again not everyone else has this excitement.

It would be great if that was not the case, but for most, this is reality.  To add to this, talking to people about Jesus can bring conflict with people who have different views, and no one likes conflict.  Even the apostle Paul who seemed fearless and unashamed of the gospel can write in Ephesians 6:20 ‘Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.’  So I urge that you pray also to be bold, even despite our fears to speak.

Just a few other thoughts.  Hebrews 10:24-25 says:  ‘And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.’

This verse urges us to keep meeting together ‘all the more’ in light of Jesus return.  What I find is when I meet with Christians, say only once a week, in a meeting that is open to the public (that is, non-Christians can be present, like in a school environment) it does not enable the closeness of relationships and depth of discussion you will have at a convention.  So if there is a way to meet more regularly with those who would be keen for deeper discussion that might be a way forward.  Also talk to the Christian leader of your school group about how you are feeling, and perhaps they can even open a discussion on the topic to the group and talk about ways of improving openness within the group.

Something else to keep in mind, as you continue to grow in your knowledge of Jesus as you read the bible, you confidence to speak about him will grow too.  So remember to prioritize reading your bible to know God so well, you feel confident to speak about him.
Thanks for your question.  I pray you will continue to grow in your love and desire for Christ, and out of that will flow a passion to continue to share him with others.

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