A New Years Challenge
Today we inaugurated Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of our great nation.
I happened to be sitting in the waiting room of a car dealership while my car was being serviced during the inauguration. It was interesting to watch people and try to hear the comments they made under their breath. It was clear that a couple people were less than thrilled about our new president and at least one was pleased to have him leading the country.
The sense I got was that no one wanted to come out and say what they were thinking, because they didn’t really want people to know where they stood.
I remember how one of our sons was very vocal during (and after) the campaign about who he thought would be best for our country. You couldn’t be around him for very long before the subject came up.
I thought back to election day when almost every pollster and pundit said Hillary Clinton would win. There were a few who insisted Donald Trump would come out victorious but their voices were often ignored.
One of those minority voices was Marie Whitaker. In her online NBC News article on November 9, 2016 she stated, “I anticipated a Trump win based on the belief that there were thousands of silent, secret Trump supporters . . . Those who were unwilling publicly to admit they were supporting Trump (but) used the privacy of the curtain of the ballot box to make their voices heard.”
It is clear now that she was right – there were “thousands of silent, secret Trump supporters.”
But this lack of people sharing who they supported appeared to be true whether they supported one candidate or the other (or even a 3rd party). It seemed that most people were unwilling share. I know for me, I was often reluctant to tell people who I thought was the best candidate. I figured I’d just keep it to myself and see how God worked things out.
As Christians, we live as dual citizens—sojourning here on earth while we lift our eyes and await our coming King.
The Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 3:20 “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
We are citizens of heaven even though we dwell on this earth. While we are here we have been given a very specific assignment.
Jesus said in Acts 1:8 “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
In Matthew 28:18-20 we read, “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’”
I realize these passages are very familiar to most of us, but they serve as great reminders of what we are called to be doing while we are on this earth.
I know that Jesus commanded me that wherever I go, whatever I do I am to be His witness and make disciples for Him.
The question is, am I actually doing it?
Am I actively being obedient to my Lord in sharing the Good News of Salvation or am I one of the “thousands of silent, secret” Jesus Followers who knows they are saved, are assured of spending eternity in heaven, but simply choose to be silent about it, not saying anything to those I regularly come in contact with but “just letting my life be a witness”?
Why is it, do you think, that so many true believers don’t openly share their faith? As Jesus stated in the two verses above, we have been given the authority and the power to be able to do it.
As we look ahead to the coming year, one of the top priorities of the church leaders is the Rhythm of Invitation, “Inviting All People To Embrace The Whole Gospel.”
Will you, with me, accept the Lord’s challenge to stop being a silent, secret follower and become more outspoken about our great salvation to those around you?
That’s what’s been on my heart this week.
Written by Mark A.