Provides an understanding of why Christians are embarrassed about telling
others about Christ
Offers advice on how to overcome embarrassment
Speaks from the inside a believer who participates in the media elite, one
of the toughest places to take a stand for Christ
The Embarrassed Believer
By Hugh Hewitt
There has been a drastic shift in the way Christians interact with the
world, claims Hugh Hewitt in his book The Embarrassed Believer. The
world has changed to the point that outspoken Christians are made to feel like
buffoons or intellectual weaklings. Its the kind of environment that has
contributed to an increase in the number of embarrassed believers in todays
Embarrassed believers are true believers, genuinely saved and active in
their churches, but failing to actively tell the world around them about
Christbelievers who have grown accustomed to living with the fear that prevents
them from speaking when opportunities arise.
To better explain the current predicament, Hewitt first presents the reasons
that led to Christianitys cultural demise, then discusses what it will take to
get through those barriers and verbally share Christ. Some of his advice
Involve the current culture in your messageif making references to current
events or media can help bridge the gap, then make them.
Resist the temptation to react in anger to those who want to engage in
arguments or theological/philosophical debates.
Invite people into a community of love and acceptancethe church should be a
place of refuge for anyone, not just a huddle for Christians who want to avoid
contact with the world.
Learn about what you believe and the history of what you believe, and pass
it on to new Christiansor else New Age silliness will take over.
Hewitt, a PBS host and former Reagan administration member, pulls no punches
but includes himself in any and all criticism of contemporary Christian
silence. He admits that his own shift toward Christian zeal is a recent one,
and that he still has a long way to go in overcoming his own embarrassmenteven
Perhaps the most important point Hewitt makes is this: change in America
will not come from the top down, not through legislation of a national
morality. Instead, it will come from the hard work and outspoken boldness of
believers who overcome the barrier of embarrassment and help change the country
and culture one person at a time.
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