“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ.”
This quote, often attributed to Martin Luther, has a questionable origin (some background here) but the message is sound regardless of where it came from. We have to be professing Christ in a relevant way.
If we, as Christian men (and all Christians for that matter) are not willing to step out in faith and support/defend/fight for the things of God; the things that we know to be right; then what are we doing? If we are not willing to take a stand about relevant issues in the world today how are we fighting for Christ? It is easy to sit in our church building or small group and talk about the issues facing our world today, about how un-Godly the world has become, about all of the problems out there and that if people would just follow Christ and trust God how much better the world would be. But when we are faced with a situation in the real world; a potentially charged or confrontational situation with people that don’t share our beliefs or point of view; we back down. Why?
I think it stems from the fact that many of us do not want to be labeled as a “conservative Christian” with all the stereotypes and pre-conceptions that go along with it. We want to fit in with the crowd, not make waves, and hopefully someone will ask us to tell them about our faith so we can “spread the gospel”. Let’s face it, how often does that happen… almost never! I am the most guilty of this out of anyone I know. I have been the classic chameleon, always trying to say or do the right thing so that I would fit in and be accepted. That is a great way to make friends, but is it any way to impact them for God? If we want to truly impact our community, our friends, our co-workers for Christ then we have to be bold. We have to step out of our comfort zone and profess the gospel.
Paul had the right idea in Philippians; “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exhaulted in my body, whether by life or by death.” Philippians 2:20. Paul was in prison facing possible death for proclaiming Christ and he is asking for more courage to proclaim Christ! I’m pretty sure that we aren’t going to be in danger of being stoned for speaking out about some hot topic in a Godly way. That is the beauty of America, freedom of speech. Yet it also leads to complacency. Of course we can say what we want, but because we can we often don’t. We aren’t faced with possible imprisonment or death and so the stakes don’t feel that high, and if the stakes aren’t high enough then why should I put my comfort on the line? But let me ask you this, what stakes could possibly be higher than someone’s eternal life?
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
We don’t have any reason to be timid in speaking out for God. Our God is stronger than any person, any movement, any other power and He will walk with us when we walk out in faith for Him. “The Lord himself goes before you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8
Don’t be ashamed of your faith. Don’t be afraid to support what God tells us is right. Ask God for the courage to speak out for Him and do it!