[rings, faith, and evan almighty]
I read a excellent post today by Mary E. Egidio (check it out here – my post below will make more sense) and as I was commenting on her blog, I have thought of something.
Brief recap – Mary talked about the fact that when girls accept engagement rings, usually they show them off to everyone who has eyes to see – because in most cases engagement is a joyous occasion. She also mentioned that that’s how we should treat our faith – not hide it in a box that we got it in, but share the beauty of it.
We have a tendency to hide our faith often. If you never experienced that temptation, I say “Well done.” I, on the other hand, find myself there too often, unfortunately. So I thought… what may be the reasons why we would hide our “Engagement Ring” (the analogy is almost literal since we’re called His Bride)…
One of the reasons is that perhaps we think that the ring is too beautiful to be worn everywhere.
I don’t know about the US, but over here in Ukraine it’s quite common to have things that you put on (or use) in very special occasions. In my family, there are special “holiday” dishes and tea sets. It is a leftover habit from the Soviet times when there was scarcity of everything, so one could not afford to eat out of beautiful plates all the time – you accidentally break one and there’s little to no chance that you will find another one like that.
Sometimes I feel that my faith is something like that. It is too precious to be worn all the time – it might get worn out and I will not be able to fix it.
Another reason is that we think that we will not be accepted if we wear that faith.
When I thought of that, I immediately thought of one of my favorite movies Evan Almighty and the main character Evan Baxter. There is a moment in the movie when he desperately tries to hide the robe God insisted he wear and when he thought he succeeded, he ended up standing in the middle of Congress dressed in that very robe.
Do I try to hide my faith under the “accepted” clothes? It’s not like I don’t wear it – I have it on… only under a few layers of other garments.
The funny thing about it is that faith will still get through – if one has it.
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For weare not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:11-17, NLT
We are to wear our faith. WEAR IT! Not just have it hanging neatly ironed in our wardrobe, to be put on as our “Sunday Best.”
Because with faith – the wear only makes it fit even better.
What other reasons do we have to hide our faith?