Late last year, on a flight from Miami, Florida to Trinidad and Tobago, I was quietly reading my Bible when the person on my left asked what my faith was. I was sure he knew I was a Christian and was curious what fellowship or denomination I belonged to. He wanted to know my brand of belief. I stated Pentecostal, and a lively two-hour conversation ensued. We talked about beliefs and concepts, promises, and principles in the Word of God.
We explored different religions and their humanitarian efforts globally. It was an interesting exchange but, in hindsight, fell short. To this day, I am unsure if I presented a clear witness of Jesus Christ and my love for the Savior as the anchor of my faith. I, like many others, got caught up in discussing beliefs or doctrines as opposed to whom I believe in. There is nothing wrong with having firm godly beliefs and sharing them. Our beliefs help define our core values and assist in building godly character. But often, believers don’t embrace the opportunities to share their relationship or faith in Christ. Religion and relationship can coexist in the same space, but our relationship with Jesus Christ is paramount and should remain that way in our hearts and communications. In my hotel room, a commitment was made to never let that flight experience repeat itself.