In my evangelical days, I always heard to “have your testimony ready” to share with unbelievers. More often, in the Catholic realm, they tell you to be ready to defend your faith. Only a slight difference, emphasis shifted. In that spirit, I’m now on a hunt for a good one liner to explain myself once I do take the plunge and make it public with my family and the rest of my friends. I have to ask, does anybody have any good ones?? And can I plagiarize?
I know my family in particular will only listen to the first sentence I say before they begin to compose their testimonial sermon in response. They have my best interests at heart, are concerned, and want to urge me in the “right” direction. I don’t really mind so much, but it makes them rather poor listeners. So the posed question will be: “Why are you becoming Catholic?” and my pondered responses are:
- Because I have to follow God’s will in my life. (leaves room for doubt that I believe these things?)
- Because I’m convinced the Catholic Church is Christ’s church continued through apostolic succession. (maybe too long for their attention span?)
- Because I believe they have the truth. (implies I believe my family does not have the truth?)
- Because the Catholic Church is where I can best become like Christ. (shrug)
Chris’s favorite suggestion:
- Because Catholicism is right, and Protestantism is wrong.
Everything sounds hokey or aggressive. I just don’t know.
When my dad recently asked Chris why he was Catholic, Chris had the chance to share with him about the Eucharist, and the Catholic view of John 6. He told him the Catholic interpretation makes more sense to him, refraining from using words like “right” and “wrong” at this point. My dad responded with a “Well, if it’s not in the Bible, I don’t believe in it.”
Maybe I’m expecting a flood when there will be a light drizzle. Either way, I want to be prepared.