Why should a Christian ever have to apologize for living out their faith?
It is absolutely surreal (even hypocritical) that a world that cries out for reform in every aspect of society (politics, business, social, etc.) continues to demand that those who have been thoroughly reformed by the Christian faith apologize for it. The results of their reform have been well-documented and the results of living by the Word of God have been replicated across the world, from biblical times to now.
Those who feel justified in demanding that we say “I’m sorry for believing in Jesus” should really consider the kind of reform He brought about. Jesus spoke out against corruption in society on every level. He provided for the poor and the needy and like His contemporary forerunner, John the Baptist, He successfully changed the lives of the outcasts of His society. The publicans, the harlots, the Samaritans, the Greeks, and the Romans among many others all came to know Jesus for who He was and their sins for what they were. In time, they turned from their sins and came to believe in this faith. Together (as in, no regard is given to what divides them from one another), they spread this society-changing faith around the world. Look at how the state of society changed when this faith was lived out in the days of the early church.
“And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people” (Acts 2:44-47).
“And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need” (Acts 4:32-35).
So should we really apologize for striving to imitate this example? for living out a faith that has and can still do this for a society that clamors for reform? Absolutely not!
The only time when a Christian should ever apologize in relation to their faith is when he or she refuses to live it out. If a “Christian” is still getting wasted every weekend, still cohabiting, still berating and marginalizing others for their sins or their different faiths, still using the Christian faith for their own gain, still celebrating pagan holidays, still using worldly music and worship styles to bring people to the faith, and/or still refusing to even open a Bible while professing to believe that Jesus died for their sins, called them out from the world and is preparing them for His Second Coming, they should be on hand and bended knee apologizing to everyone they have deceived and the Savior they have betrayed.
Lest we forget, this is exactly what Jesus condemned the Pharisees for in Matthew 23. The people who knew the truth lived as if they never knew it and this woeful condition has wrought havoc in our church today. They have prevented the reform the world clamors for and the personal reform that they as believers need, especially in the days before the Lord returns to the earth.
Should we apologize for living out our world-changing faith? No. It’s exactly what the world needs from us right now, though many of them will never admit it. Should we apologize for not living it out, as it is written by the Book? Very much so.
“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Lk. 23:34).