If Christ were here today, would He hide himself because false Christs have wrecked havoc and so the world despises Christ? If multitudes followed Him in the past, would they not follow him today despite how disreputable he has been made to appear?
I am tempted to be ashamed of Christ under the guise of “don’t talk about it, be about it.” I realize that calling oneself a Christ-follower is almost synonymous with hypocrisy because we are so far from Christlikeness that there seems to be no point mentioning the name.
But if we exclude the name from our affairs, have we not excluded the supernatural from our affairs, are we not excluding God? We could not possibly have experiential knowledge of the power in the gospel and not talk about it.
It would be impossible to understand how he came about his name and not want to shout it on the rooftops. If we believed he procured the name with His own blood shed for us, we would not hesitate to be identified with him whether or not we feel we measure up.
The challenges of our day require no less than Christ.
If I truly believed He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, would I struggle with presenting and representing Him?
If I do not struggle with proclaiming my identity as a Great Ife or McGill grad, why should I struggle with proclaiming my identity as Christ-redeemed, Christ-following, Christ-dependent? Why should I hide Him? What is shameful about Him?