I once had a co-worker/friend who asked me if Gloria ever talked to me about cheeses because that is all she seemed to talk about. It took a minute or two, but I finally figured out that my friend meant that Gloria was always telling her about JESUS.
Gloria, apparently, was proselytizing, trying to coerce my friend into accepting Jesus as her personal Savior. But, instead of helping, Gloria was becoming a “cheeze-ass.” Gloria was not necessarily witnessing, she was trying to pound the concept of Christ into my friend’s brain in a very cheezey way.
There was a time when I was no better. I had my own “cheeze-ass” moments. Back when my husband and I were first married, we moved to a suburb where many people of the Jewish faith resided.
A neighbor was kind enough to invite me to coffee. I noticed they had a Christmas tree even though they were Jewish. I tried to tell her she had no right to decorate a tree. “Cheeze-ass” strikes again!
There have been many examples across history–the Inquisitions, the Crusades and just a general display of chauvinism. All of this goes beyond being just “cheezey.”
In reality, it is a heart thing, and it is between each individual and God.
God may speak to each heart, and it is up to the individual to respond. By all means, let us share and let our faith show, but don’t be a “cheeze-ass.” Have faith!