Denying Christ in Our Everyday Lives

If you read the pocket New Testament published by Scepter Publishing as a basis for your mental prayer, you read this, this morning:

While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the high priest’s maids came along. 67Seeing Peter warming himself, she looked intently at him and said, “You too were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” 68* But he denied it saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.” So he went out into the outer court. [Then the cock crowed.] 69The maid saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” 70Once again he denied it. A little later the bystanders said to Peter once more, “Surely you are one of them; for you too are a Galilean.” 71He began to curse and to swear, “I do not know this man about whom you are talking.”

Given what’s going on in the world today — from  beheadings by the Islamic State, to the Obama Administration’s refusal to recognize IS’s religious underpinnings, to the government’s efforts to restrict the right to practice one’s own religion in the contraceptive mandate of ObamaCare — it’s worth taking to prayer the question of whether we, in what we are doing and what we are leaving undone, are, like Peter, denying Christ.

These are times when believers need to step up and publicly acknowledge Christ.  There is strength in numbers, and we should be supportive of each other.

The least we can do is a silent witness by always wearing a cross.

One who does nearly all the time since her conversion to Catholicism is Laura Ingraham, the talk show pundit.  So does Scottie McCreery,  the entertainer.  Katie and Paige Rees of the Langelus Band nearly always wear a religious medal.

To be sure, wearing a cross can be, well, a cross.  The British Government actively sought to prevent Christians from having the right to wear a cross while at work.

If you choose to wear a cross, it doesn’t have to be large or garish.  Here’s a selection of cross necklaces, and here’s a cross lapel pin.

Rather than complain about the rising tide of secularism in the country, maybe the first thing we should do is simply silently profess our faith by consistently wearing a cross, whether as a necklace or a lapel pin.

About Joel Whitaker

Joel Whitaker is a long-time professional journalist (Tampa Bay Times, Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Bulletin, Institutional Investor, executive newsletters) and Catholic convert. He is the RCIA coordinator for his parish.
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