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Sharing Your Faith @ School

by Katrina Cassel

Hereís what not to do, as well as what to do.

Want to share your faith without turning others off? Hereís how you can rep God in a positive and encouraging way inside and outside the classroom.

Donít . . .

Donít criticize or ridicule someone else. Like you, Mitch, a sincere Christian, wanted to share his faith with his friends. The problem? He criticized anyone who didnít believe the way he did. Heíd refute statements he didnít believe with comments such as, ďHow can you believe good works will get you to heaven? Thatís stupid! We canít do anything good enough for God to let us into heaven.Ē

No one likes to be told theyíre wrong or stupid for not believing the way you do.

Donít start an argument. Besides criticizing others, Mitch had a habit of arguing with anyone who didnít share his beliefs. This included his teacher, whenever the subject of evolution or faith came up in class.

You canít argue someone into Godís family. Have the same peaceful spirit Jesus had when He was here on earth (Philippians 2:1-5).

Donít interrupt people. In his eagerness to get his point across, Mitch often interrupted others while they were sharing their opinions on the subject of faith or God. Heíd barge in with, ďNo, thatís not what the Bible teaches,Ē or ďThatís wrong, the Bible says . . .Ē While he may have been right, no one wanted to listen to him.

Eagerness to witness doesnít replace good manners. Let others share their thoughts. Especially never interrupt a teacherís lesson to give your opinionóyouíre just asking for trouble! Donít drag out a conversation. Mitch could never let a conversation end. He always had one more point to make or one more topic to bring up. People began avoiding Mitch, because they knew that once he got started on a topic, he wouldnít let it go. Say what you have to say, then let it go. Repeating yourself to get people to believe what you believe doesnít work.

Do . . .

Write reports about Christian figures. When you get assignments to write about historical figures or heroes, choose to write about exciting men and women of faith.

Design creation-based science projects. Come up with projects that point to Godís hand in nature or in the orderliness of the universe. Search the Internet, look through books in the library, or ask your parents, pastor, or another adult in your church for help in designing such a project. Do your best. Put in the time and do your homework well. When writing reports or giving oral presentations, give it your best effort. Half-done or sloppy work will take away from your witness. Did you know that God instructs us to do all our work as though we were doing it for Him (Colossians 3:23)

Try these ideas, and come up with others of your own. Begin sharing your faith today.

Katrina Cassel, M.Ed., lives with her husband, five of their children, and an assortment of pets in the Florida panhandle.

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