We can’t explain it. All we can do is peel back the layers of mental conditioning until the truth presents itself as your reality. It has to be yours or it won’t work at all. It’s personal, as following Christ should be.
This is what connects us to Heaven. We live with a foot in both realms of existence. The heavenly is so radically and utterly different that it boggles the mind, so the mind has to take orders from our spirits through the heart. We end up with a simplified version of truth drawn up to fit the context. It’s always personal; yours is unique to you. It’s often unique to that moment.
It’s the same Christ we all experience together, so there’s a great deal of overlap in our experiences. Still, He is the Lord of each of us and, like any real person, interacts with each of us a little differently. We all share common elements, but it’s never quite the same for any two of us. This is as it should be.
The roots of this Radix Fidem covenant are in our shared faith. From a human point of view, it is rootless. We should learn to accept that as normative in our own minds. Intellectually, this thing is rootless. There is no single standard, no objective construct to which the mind can appeal for guidance. No, we are each thrown out on the waves to drown in the Spirit until we learn to swim with comfort. But we are all in the same sea.
We don’t evangelize, as most people mean “evangelism.” Sure, it’s a good idea if you can learn how to verbalize this faith. However, not everyone is verbal in that way. Indeed, not everyone is intentionally expressive in any way at all. That’s fine. Nobody here at Radix Fidem is going to feed you a curriculum to make you a master salesman of religion. Instead, we focus on the bigger issue of simply living your faith in the first place. Do this, and everything else will take care of itself.
Can you embrace Christ as Lord? That’s a loaded question. It aims to query whether you can embrace His agenda. It’s not at all what most mainstream Christians suggest it is. His agenda is His own glory. And rightly so — He’s the only Person in the universe who knows His true worth as Creator. One of the best kept secrets is that His glory is in our best interests. And a critical element of His glory is you and I living and receiving some measure of shalom. Not just internal peace, but shalom is a whole range of blessings that others can perceive. We wear it on our persons like a sense of peace and contentment, but our expressions of satisfaction match His visible provision.
So it means you remain peaceful and detached about a lot of things you can’t change, and driven and passionate about what He has called you to do for His glory. That alone is tantamount to shouting from the housetops. If there is a key to our brand of evangelism, that’s it.
Yes, your mind can be taught when to fight and when to surrender, and never mind what everyone else may think of it. And somewhere inside, their own hearts are shouting to be heard, and they will think about what your life says sooner or later. If I can teach you one word to use in discussing your faith, it’s “conviction.” In our American culture specifically, and generally in all Western societies, that’s a power word. It speaks to something they can understand, something our culture couldn’t drown out with lies.
So there you have it. Demonstrate the meaning of conviction as triumphant over every other human faculty, then mention convictions when people ask. They will.