Since when do we zip our lips and keep quiet because we don't want to offend anyone? Who's thinking about offending us? "They" don't seem to care how they offend us! We can stand up proud and express who we are in truth and in love. We don't have to force anyone to believe in the God we serve.
In Matthew 10:33, Jesus said "But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
How sad it is that we as a nation have gotten to the point that we coward behind closed doors and not speak truth. When you're around a group of people telling jokes that are degrading, do you laugh right along. Do you sit among those who are struggling in various sins and never profess your faith in God or share truth? Do you think your light will shine without ever opening your mouth?
Please let me share a true story with you. One day while walking with one of my co-workers she turned to me and said, if you didn't know me, would you know that I am a Christian. I stopped in my tracks and just looked at her bewildered. I said I do know you and now I have a question for you...Are You a Christian? She looked at me crazy. She said, "I know you're a Christian."
She stated she was and I told her I had no clue she was. I had never once heard her talk about God, the Bible, or anything of the like. She began to cry and I could understand her anguish.
We can't think that just because we behave like a Christian or nice person and do nice things, that it makes a statement about WHO we really are. We don't have to be overbearing. We don't have to shove Christ down anyone's throat, but we do have to profess our faith in Christ.
So I dare ya...if you ever played truth or dare as a kid, you know how the game goes. I double dog dare ya to lift His name up in praise while speaking to someone. Don't be ashamed of the Gospel! I'd hate for you to stand before Him one day and He tell you "Depart from me, I never knew you".
I'm out the closet. Are you?