A True Story of Bold Faith
by Bill Martin

The jelly dripped down my chin. The flakes of doughnuts fell to the ground. How I tried to make every bite count. If I was going to do this, I wanted it to matter. Each bite was serious and calculated until I licked the rest from my fingers.

I was however supposed to be in church. I told my parents I was going to sit in the balcony that day. The plan was perfect. Who would know? As soon as they disappeared around the corner, I was off to the doughnut shop with my friend.

Granted I was 9 or 10 or something like that. My parents dragged me to church every Sunday and I tried with all my might to stay awake. I couldn't take it, I thought. The biggest problem really, I wasn't saved. The only personal relationship I had was with that doughnut.

It's not that my parents were bad, they were just working from their experience. It's not that I was a bad boy, because I didn't know any better.

I do now.

We are all given a measure of faith according to Romans 12:3 "?rather think of yourself with sober judgement in accordance with the faith God has given you."

Think of faith as your spiritual muscle. It needs to be exercised. Mine then was just flabby.

Let me take you for a moment to Hampton, Virginia. A student run club called "Warriors for Christ" sponsors an Easter Can Drive for a local women's shelter.

The faculty members however, reportedly would not allow it, because some students of other faiths may be offended by what the club was doing.

A student who was not a member of the Warriors for Christ contacted a legal non-profit defense group to fight. So far there has been no word on the outcome yet.

I hear this stuff and I want to rip my hair out. Unfortunately at my age I have to be careful because there's not much hair left.

Now to my point and it is, can we please stand up for our faith in Jesus and not be embarrassed. I am stunned by the number of people who just show up to church for an hour or so. They have no idea what they believe. They have no idea what the church believes. They have no idea what the Bible says. A doughnut would do better.

God calls all of us to work our faith. Romans 12:6 "We have different gifts according to the grace given us."

Know that your faith must be tested. 1 Peter 1:6-7 "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a while you may have to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may be proved genuine?"

Faith is for you now. Read Hebrews 11.

The truth is you have the faith already. Go use it and be bold.

It will help you stay out of the doughnut shop.

Bill Martin is a multiple winner of Emmy and Associated Press Awards for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. He was also inducted into the Ohio Television/Radio Hall of Fame in 1999.

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