“Wearing Your Faith On Your Sleeve”

“Wearing Your Faith On Your Sleeve”

What does this mean to you?

Quotes found in various places.

~ “It suggests a view that religion should be a private matter, not a public one.”

~ “What is wrong with wearing your religion on your sleeve?” It seems that today it is alright to wear your “Atheism, Sexual Orientation, Race, Disability, Party Affiliation, Belief in Darwinism, etc” on your sleeve, but to say that you are a Christian is now to be only whispered in the confines of your home.”

~ “In his convention acceptance speech, Kerry said he does not wear his faith on his sleeve. Asked on CBS last month about Bush, Kerry said the president has “unabashedly” put religion in play by injecting religion into policymaking.”

~ Obama “I think there is an enormous danger on the part of public figures to rationalize or justify their actions by claiming God’s mandate. I don’t think it’s healthy for public figures to wear religion on their sleeve as a means to insulate themselves from criticism, or dialogue with people who disagree with them.”

~ Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values in Ohio, said he respects McCain’s preference for a private faith.

“I believe his faith is deep, but he will not use it to try to get somebody to vote for him,” said Burress, an evangelical Christian who met with McCain in June along with a handful of other conservative leaders in Cincinnati. “I just think that that’s his style, that he just does not wear his religion on his sleeve.”

In recent weeks, McCain has made brief mentions of faith, recounting the Christian history of Georgia after Russian forces entered the country, calling Hispanic immigrants “God’s children” in an advertisement and saying of today’s military members: “I pray to a loving God that he bless and protect them.”

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2 thoughts on ““Wearing Your Faith On Your Sleeve”

  1. Dear Berean wife,
    I found your site googling about ‘wearing your faith on your sleave’.
    I am deathly afraid of wearing my faith on my sleeve. I am afraid to be judged by those who see my faults and expect more from me. I know it’s cowardice. May god give us wisdom to live a life that is worthy of Him that we may not be afraid to wear our faith on our sleeve

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Anonymous,

    The key to overcoming your fear of man and “wearing your faith on your sleeve” is to have a greater fear of God.

    Psalms 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? ESV

    Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. ESV

    2 Corinthians 5:11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. ESV

    Hebrews 13:6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” ESV

    1 Peter 3:13-16
    13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?
    14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,
    15 but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you;
    16 yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame
    . ESV

    Replace your fear of man with the fear of God and deal with your faults because God expects the most from you and the Holy Spirit will help you.

    Berean Wife

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