And there was much muttering about him [Jesus] among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.” Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him. John 7:12-13
Are you afraid to speak openly about Jesus for fear you may be shunned? Are you concerned that people will back off, roll their eyes or tune you out? During my parent’s post World War II era, Christianity was the norm. Stores were closed on Sundays. Everyone went to church. Norman Rockwell painted people praying Grace over a meal for the cover of LIFE magazine. The Principal, over the intercom, began each day of school with a prayer and the Pledge.
We don’t live in those days now, do we? It is not so popular to be a follower of Jesus today. We no longer blend into the crowd. No more fence straddling. We must choose to be a sheep or a goat ( Matthew 25:32). As women we must stand strong in our faith, and if we are blessed to be rearing children, instill that faith in them. Society will no longer do that for us. We must cocoon our loved ones in prayer so the world doesn’t contaminate them with “global” religion- a white wash conglomerate that paints Jesus as a “good man” among many and preaches over-tolerance for all faiths as equal paths to God.
If you believe Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Light, then He must be your only way, not just a way. Lean on Him and not your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5), seek His ways first (Matthew 6:33) and let His Spirit guide you. Don’t be afraid to openly proclaim Him in your actions, and your life- and if necessary, use words.
. . .because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 1 Thessalonians 1:5