Conviction through Opposition
by Candace Cameron Bure
It was part of my contract with DWTS, that I kept my participation under wraps until the big cast reveal on Good Morning America. I love surprises and couldn’t wait to see my family and friends come unglued with excitement.
In that incubation period, when the realization of my dream was a close-kept secret, I felt nothing but happiness. I knew the show would stretch me mentally and physically but I felt confident that I could face whatever was coming because I had the protection of Christ, the community of Christ, and the support of those closest to me.
But after the news broke, I started to hear expressions of concern.
“What if you’re tempted to compromise?”
“Will you lose your conviction on the things you’ve taken a stand for?”
“What if the producers push you so hard and you feel pressured to give in to something that doesn’t line up with God’s Word?”
“Should a Christian be on a show about dancing?”
“What about the costumes? Aren’t they a little too sexy?”
Well-meaning people, some from my inner circle, but many of whom I had never met, began expressing concern and frustration about my choice. It seemed like nearly everybody, aside from me, was worried that I had set myself up for failure. Certainly, I am human and capable of making mistakes and falling short of the marks God has for me. But conviction is the very reason I am still a woman of faith. It is the thing that grounds me in my faith. I can’t live the Christian life, and stay true to who I am in Christ and how He has called me to live without conviction. Another way to think of conviction is boundaries. I knew what my boundaries were before I ever agreed to participate in the show.
Where does my strong sense of conviction come from? From the Bible! By studying God’s Word, I learn where God stands on issues and I seek to stand with Him. But there are gray areas, where the Bible doesn’t lay out a boundary in black and white. In those cases, my conviction comes from the Holy Spirit in me.
First Corinthians 6:19 says it this way, “Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.”
The Holy Spirit lives within me! He guides me and nudges me to be more like Christ. But that’s not my only compass. God has given me a community of people who care about me and want to see me live like Christ has called me to live. I know that when I need to draw a boundary that is not specifically outlined in the Bible, I can bounce my decisions off the most important people in my life to make sure I’m not acting on emotions or strong desires. Those important people are my husband and my mentors in my Christian faith including some of the women in my small group Bible study, my mom, my sisters, and a handful of other women that I know will be honest and truthful with me and are also grounded in the Word of God.
So, while others worried I might be pushed to jump outside of the boundaries God has for me, I knew I could say “yes” to this opportunity without fear of failure because I had the protection of Christ. I had the community of Christ. I had the prayers of my community, my family and friends in my fellowship, and I knew I was covered and protected no matter what the outcome. That was why I could step out in faith. It’s also why you can step out in faith and do something out of your comfort zone.
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