Jeopardy! Question

Posted on Apr 28 , 2014 in Life Lessons

Jeopardy! Question

© By Brad L Hodges

1 Peter 3:15-17
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

According to Wikipedia; Jeopardy! is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in question form. With over 6,000 episodes aired as of May 2011, the daily syndicated version of Jeopardy! has won a record 30 Daytime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. Game Show Network (GSN) ranked the show number 2 on its 2006 list of the 50 greatest game shows, and TV Guide ranked it number 1 in its 2013 list of the 60 greatest game shows ever.

Obviously American’s love to ask questions in order to gain answers, or in the case of Jeopardy! vice versa.

On Jeopardy! and game shows like it, questions and answers are rewarded with money so there is very little threat or certainly no personal risk in providing answers. There is no real jeopardy in answering them other than to perhaps lose money you never had in the first place anyway.

Answering questions about or sharing ones faith however may not be so free of “jeopardy.”

In our country, in today’s climate of liberal chaos, Christians are actually facing persecution for expressing or sharing their faith. While in most cases, unlike in some foreign countries, the persecution is not physical, it is nevertheless an attack or oppression for sharing the Word of God as we are instructed to do.

In Matthew 28:19 Jesus instructs us to:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

We are told to share our faith by the highest authority in existence; God.

But, as stated above, that does not come without some jeopardy because Christians are under attack by liberal individuals, groups and the media for their conservative stand on such critical moral and personal issues like marriage, abortion, family values, constitutional principles and ethics based on a belief and trust in God and the teaching or very name of Jesus in general.

Hopefully, if we are walking in Christ and His grace as we should naturally be as believers, people will see a quiet, but significant difference in us just by the way we live our lives. Christ should resonate outwardly by the way we live, act and conduct ourselves in the eyes of others.

This persona, this light, should and often does open the door to share our faith and beliefs when people “ask you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

If someone approaches you, rather than you ‘Bible pounding’, and you answer with “gentleness and respect,” the opportunity to lead someone to Christ is greatly and proportionally increased.

This does not mean, of course, that you should always be meek and inopportune if the door opens and presents itself for you to take the proactive initiative to gently share your faith.

While it is not a believers intent to shame someone should they choose to respond negatively to your witness, if you keep a clear conscience regarding your beliefs and remain a gentle reflection rather than a harsh glare of Jesus, they will in most cases respect you for your professions and be less likely to slander your to others, even if they disagree.

A believer, however, should always be prepared to suffer some negative consequence for standing firm in their beliefs for it is better “to suffer for doing good than for doing evil” and evil would be to retreat or deny Jesus and ones faith for the sake of avoiding criticism or persecution.

A believers real life Jeopardy! example would look like this;

Answer: An unwavering witness for Jesus, a solid rock of faith, love, and a gentle model for teaching and guiding.

Question: What is a Christian?

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