Several times I have heard that Christians need to live their faith with more boldness. In general I would agree with this statement. However, we need to consider what “boldly” means.
Usually the idea is phrased like this:
“Christians need to live separate from the world, show their faith in word and deed. Do it boldly and with confidence, don’t apologize for it. The ungodly heathen world doesn’t apologize for their behavior, why should we?”
Here’s my issue with that statement: if the world is ungodly and we’re not supposed to be like them, why should we be like them in their unapologetically loud lifestyles?
Do Christians really have to be Terrell Owens for Jesus? What about work with your own hands and study to be quiet? Boldness does not mean brash, loud, arrogant and stupid.
Bold Christianity is having the boldness to be humble and meek in a world of braggarts. Consistently walking with Christ regardless of what the world happens to be doing.
I like “bold Christians,” but the term needs to be defined properly.