Are you sometimes ashamed to mention you are a Christian? Do you have friends or co-workers who do not know you are a believer? Or are you simply afraid to say anything? In our world today, there is a hostility toward people of faith, in particular, Christians. Does that keep you silent?
In recent years, believers have been banned from talking about their faith in many workplaces. Owners who play Christian music as background in their businesses are sued demanding they stop. Even Christian based organizations are forced to hire people who do not share the faith and would be a detriment to the over all good of the company. Schools no longer allow Christian songs at Christmas and many professors mock anyone who claims to believe in God.
As hard as this might be, western believers have never suffered much persecution. Even today, we are harassed for our faith, but are not beaten and killed like Christians in other parts of the world. It may be uncomfortable to endure the ridicule of unbelievers, but our lives are not in danger…at least not yet.
We live in difficult times and we believe they will get much worse, but none of that matters. What counts is sharing the gospel with a lost and dying world. We must stand firm in our faith and never be ashamed to call ourselves servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. He told us, the world hated him first, and they will hate us as his followers. The world persecuted Jesus and they will persecute us. It can’t get any clearer than that.
We must prepare our hearts and minds for increased contempt. Those who have successfully removed God from our schools, government, and much of society, will not stop there. They serve Satan, who is out to kill, steal, and destroy all things of God in our world. Nothing would please them more than to totally silence all people of faith, destroy our places of worship, and remove all items and writings of faith.
We encourage you to write the words of faith, hope, and love upon your heart. Imprint the Bible in your mind. And walk your faith as the light of the world. We still have time to bring people to Jesus. But remember, the best way to win people to our Lord is through our actions, not our words.
Romans 1:16-17 (AMP)
16 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek,
17 For in the Gospel a righteousness which God ascribes is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed through the way of faith that arouses to more faith]. As it is written, The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by faith.