How Much Should I Publicly Profess My Christian Faith?

Question from a reader:

I’m trying to figure out how strongly to publicly profess my Christian faith, especially online. Do you have any advice?

Answer from Julia (Stager) Mayo, EPM staff:

I’m excited to hear your heart for serving God and the potential He’s given you to reach people for Him. I think what you’re asking can ultimately only be answered between you and the Lord. God calls different people to different things at different times and in different ways. I urge you to pray about how you can best represent Him in your life today.

If you ever feel like you’re hiding who you are or are ashamed to be known as a Christian, that’s a sign you’re not serving God but serving yourself. How God leads you to be a light for Him will likely change over time, but I believe the Holy Spirit will testify in your conscience whether you’re aligned with God’s will for your life or veering off His path. I encourage you to continue studying His Word and to seek wise counsel from other godly believers.

The fact that you’re asking this question shows you really do long to serve, love and represent Christ well. As a general rule for myself I try to be more vocal with my faith than I’m naturally comfortable with—I don’t shout on street corners, but I try to consistently represent Christ to those I’m around in a loving, unafraid, and unashamed way.

May God bless you as you seek to follow Him!

Julia (Stager) Mayo holds a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary. She was previously part of the Eternal Perspective Ministries staff, and still does occasional research work for Randy Alcorn.