42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved praise from men more than praise from God. (John 12:42-43 NIV)
There is a secret society in our land today. No, I’m not talking about The Illuminati, The Freemasons, or some inane conspiracy theory group. The secret society I’m thinking about are those Christians who frequent the sanctuary on Sunday, but then hide their faith in the shadows for the rest of the week. They love Jesus…in private. They read God’s Word…as long as nobody is watching. They don’t want to rock the boat so they keep their faith under wraps.
Closeted Christians are evidently nothing new. John tells us that “even among the leaders” there were those who believed in Jesus, “but because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue.” Why were they so silent about their faith? Because of “fear.” What did they fear? They feared being put out of the synagogue.
There have been times in life when I kept my faith to myself. Times when I should have spoken up, but I remained silent. Times when I should have stood up, but I stayed in my chair and did nothing. Times when I should have responded to what I knew God was calling me to do, but I did nothing. What did I fear? I feared being singled-out. I feared being mocked, called names, being made to feel like a fool…so I said nothing. I don’t want be one of Jesus’ secret agents. I want to stand and say with Paul,
16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. (Romans 1:16 NIV)
I want to throw caution to the wind. I want to live what I believe. I want to do more than quote Romans 1:16, I want to proclaim it to those I meet each and every day. It’s time for those of us who have been quiet Christians, members of the closeted choir, to find our voice and sing of the glories of our Savior. Sing out!