On this date in 1597, a group of early Japanese Christians were killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society. This reminds me of a question I have heard asked many times: ‘If you were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?’” – and if you put this into Google, you’ll see lots of conversation about this!
What would happen if we were on trial, and all of those we had ever met were were called as witnesses to put forward evidence that we are Christians? What would that look like? Would we be convicted or would the evidence be non-existent? There are still many around the world who continue to be put on trial for their faith , so even if we don’t face this ourselves, can we put ourselves alongside them in much free-er society. I work particularly to encourage people to be ‘whole-life Christians’ in the online space as much as anywhere else: how can we gain the confidence to share this underlying aspect of our life in a way that is natural and relational, rather than pushy?
The other week I was at a preparation session for Spring Harvest later this year, which focuses upon gaining this confidence, where I heard someone remind us that “grace is love when you have nothing to give in return”, so we shouldn’t tickbox the evidence, as Jesus has paid that price. Faith, however, should be transformational, and therefore visible in our lives.
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Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.