Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. John 12:41-43
Have you ever been afraid to let you Christianity show? I am not talking about being in an area of the world where believers are killed just for professing Christ; I am talking about your day to day life. If you haven’t, then I am impressed because I confess to keeping quiet to fit in with those around me.
I have been in a group and someone tells an off color joke and I laugh along with the crowd, maybe I laughed harder, so I wouldn’t stand out as being one of those sour Christians. Maybe someone is telling the latest scoop on some friend and you listen along with the rest. Maybe you are a businessman taking a customer out and he wants to go to a strip joint so you take him. We do so many things to fit in with the crowd when we have an opportunity to make a stand for Christ.
We may not think so but we are more like the authorities in today’s verses who believed but kept their belief hidden so they would keep their earthly station and power. We all tend to love the accolades of those around us rather than God. Rather than take a stand for Christ we either sit in silence or join in on behavior we should avoid. We want to be part of the group and we do not want others to think we are prudish or heaven forbid no fun.
What should we do? Refuse to listen to gossip and try to stop others from the practice. Let others know you don’t appreciate the off color jokes. Watch your speech; don’t join in when others curse. But, do all this in a loving manner. Don’t come across as better than the others. Also, let them know you can have fun, just not at the expense of others.
We all want to fit in and be part of the group. As Christians however, we are set apart. We are to be salt and light to a world walking in darkness.
Have a blessed day,
PS: Monday was the two years anniversary of my first blog post. While most of my posts consist of these daily devotionals on weekends I frequently post book and movie review as well as apologetic posts. Over the past few months I have posted on the Problem of evil and currently on the proofs for God.