Monday, June 15, 2015
42Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
There are more people who believe in Christ than those who confess Him. Jesus had just predicted His death on the cross and there were some who though seeing the miracles, signs and wonders refused to believe. But the rulers, those who knew the law best, those who had read about Him through the prophet Isaiah, knew exactly who they had in their midst. However, they enjoyed being in the spotlight and seats of honor under the law more and failed to confess with their mouths the true love that was being offered to them. The love of the position, authority, and spotlight - the false love, was more important than the pure love from Jesus and praise from God for accepting His Son.
Do you know anyone with closet belief? Of course you do. Who are they? Some of them are your co-workers, family members, coaches, etc who fear being seen differently for openly saying what they believe. In the U.S., freedom of religion exists. However, in some countries, they are not as blessed. They cannot even be seen with a Bible, or in a meeting that represents the belief in Christ. For them, everyday that they worship, everyday that leave their homes, they are at risk of being murdered for their love of Christ. Yet you and I, cannot be discriminated against for our beliefs. It is against the law. You and I can openly worship and Praise God without risk of losing life. But why then the closet belief if one knows who Jesus is? Man becomes their god, and fear of not being connected paralyzes their confession. However, when you are connected to the source of life and light, you have the greatest and most powerful connection anyone could ever hope for. Jesus said that if you deny Him in the presence of man, He shall deny you in the presence of God.
P.S. Are you a parent, family member, mentor, etc? Join me and other panelists including Safe Shores, D.C. Children's Advocacy Center for a conversation on child abuse prevention during this summer and summer camp season on Thursday, July 9th from 6pm-8pm at Busboys and Poets Brookland. I will also be signing books. Admission is FREE just register at www.getyourjoyinthemorning.com on the contact tab. We want to help you keep your family safe.