Religion a Private Matter?

John Koedyker

READ : Matthew 5:13-16
1 Corinthians 10:31-33

In America we make a lot of what is called “individual rights.” We talk about the freedom of the individual to do and say what he pleases. We believe that the individual can make up his own mind. No one is to infringe on the rights and privileges of another. In other words, the individual is his own boss.

Because we think so individualistically, this often carries over into our understanding of the Christian faith. Although it is true that believers must come to faith in Christ personally, we often get stuck there and Christianity becomes very self-centered. Its value is often perceived by what it can do for the individual. Then the church becomes little more than a gathering of individual Christians. In addition, our society puts pressure on the believer to keep his faith to himself. It is not something we are supposed to talk about in public or try to persuade others about. Why? Because the myth is that religion is a private matter.

Jesus says we are not to keep our faith to ourselves. We are to be like salt and light to the world. Our faith should effect everything we do and say. Paul says, “whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”


Lord, thank You for speaking to each one of us personally. May we also be used to reach others for Christ. In Jesus Name, Amen.