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In the book, 10 Things I Hate About Christianity, author Jason T. Berggren presents a unique challenge to believers. Berggren says, ”Consider no longer calling yourself a Christian.” He writes, “Take a few minutes to think about what it would mean if you had to stop using that term to describe yourself. What would you have to do? Most likely you’d be forced to do something drastic. Above all else you’d have to consider your attitude and actions in everything. Like never before you’d have to take into account how you represent the truth hidden in your heart. At work. As a friend. As a neighbor. As a husband. As a father. As a mother. As a wife. As a son. As a daughter. As a boss. As a follower of Jesus. I think nothing would be more productive for you and the state of your faith.”

Berggren then adds another level of challenge. He says at the same time only talk about your faith when asked about it and don’t start a conversation about God or the like. He says if no one is asking you, it may indicate you have more work to do on your life. Berggren says, “Your actions and attitudes will have to be the catalysts But when people do ask about how you handle anger, stress, hardships, failures, success, leadership, authority and submission so well, you’ll have a chance to talk.”

--10 Things I hate about Christianity, Working through the Frustrations of Faith, Jason T. Berggren, 2009, X Media LLC. Pg 213-214. Website: http://10thingsihate.com

Matthew 5:16CEV Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven.

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