The Apostle Paul said these words and he put them into practice. He spoke publicly of grace and salvation through Jesus Christ in towns full of pagan worshipers. Many times he was persecuted for what he said, but that never stopped him. Even while a prisoner in Rome, near the end of his life, he openly spoke of his belief in the saving power of grace.
Look at our country today. I am seeing too many signs of the devil winning battles. There are millions of Christians in the United States. Where are they? We should be shouting about Jesus Christ and standing up against the evil which appears to be taking over. Yet, we are not even whispering about Christ’s power and might, His love and mercy.
Are we shamed of the gospel? It sure looks that way. Christians seem to be cowering in the corner instead of standing on the mountaintop. Growing up in the 50’s Christianity was the norm. We went to church. We prayed in school. We memorized Scripture. God was prominent in our daily lives. What changed?
Christians became complaisant, too easy-going. We’ve lost the gumption to speak out. Our founding fathers fought and died to make the USA a country founded on Christian values. Now those values are being turned inside out and Christians are just sitting back and letting it happen.
Why is this country falling apart? Because we’ve turned away from God. The US was a powerful nation. Other countries looked to us for stability and might. Not anymore. Sept. 11 should have been a wake-up call. It was for a short time. However, the momentum wore off and faith in God faded again into the background.
Are we, as Christians, going to continue to be ashamed of the gospel, sitting comfortably in our chairs doing nothing, or are we going to stand up for the gospel as Paul did?
One way to be heard is through the elections of our government officials. This country needs men and women in office who are strong Christians and are not afraid to fight for Christian values. For over 200 years the United States was known as a Christian nation and it can be again.
Can you think of ways, either big or small, where you can stand for Jesus Christ? I’d love to hear about them. Now is the time for Christians to unite and be heard. Then we can say, along with Paul, “I am not ashamed of the gospel.”