6One church is hosting a Public Faith Conference. The purpose is to show believers how to share their faith in public with friends, neighbors, and colleagues. They say they’re doing this because some followers of Christ are afraid to say so publicly. They fear ridicule or not being able to answer questions people may ask. Here is how Jesus reacted to one woman who displayed her faith publicly. We read in Matthew Chapter 26 that, “While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head.” The disciples criticized what she did as a waste. Jesus replied, “Why criticize this woman for doing such a good thing to me?” “She has poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial.” Jesus defended this woman’s actions. While the religious leaders were secretly plotting his death, she was publicly pouring a pint of very expensive perfume on his head because of her devotion to Him. Of course, Jesus does not want us to be boastful or hypocritical in public, but neither does He want us to deny our identification with Him.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More