Most of us are familiar with the expression, “coming out of the closet”. We relate it to people who once felt ashamed of their “sinful” homosexual behavior”, but who have come public since society no longer views it as sin. But this closet also hides many Christians who appear to be ashamed to speak up because society doesn’t want to hear it. They hide in that proverbial closet and have more fear of what society thinks than of what God says. If we are going to have any impact for God in this world, then Christians need to come out of that closet!
Years ago, even unbelievers had a reverence for the Ten Commandments and a fear of God for breaking them. But things have changed! Some things that God called sin are no longer deemed as sin according to our earthly laws. Those who proclaim to be “gay” no longer hide, but rather, flaunt their legally acclaimed lifestyle and no one dares to challenge it. People murder unborn babies by the hundreds of thousands and feel no remorse because, after all, they aren’t legally people; just a “fetus”.
Those who commit these sins are no longer ashamed. They mock God and prefer to live their lives away from Him. They feel that this world has finally evolved into equality for all—and the closet Christians just go along with it.
- But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.—2 Timothy 3:1-5
But God does not change—[Hebrews 13:8]. What He called sin in the Old Testament is still sin today, and He is going to judge these sins one day and all those who laugh at them now will not laugh then. And all those who call themselves Christians but who don’t defend God’s laws, and who don’t speak up and call sin what it is—“sin”, will face an angry God one day! We are either “for” God or not, but we cannot serve two masters—[Matthew 6:24]. We cannot be ashamed to speak out as God’s ambassadors.
- But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in Heaven.—Matthew 10:33
We should not be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus. He was not ashamed when He took the brutal beatings and was stripped of His clothing and hung publicly on the cross to die for us. Jesus is our King, and yet He humbled Himself and let men torture and kill Him, just as it was prophesied in Isaiah 5. He became the sacrificial lamb who took upon Himself all of our sins. When we read of some of the horrific sins that some people have committed, we are sickened and wish the worst of punishment for them. Yet, Christ died for them anyway so they could have the opportunity to repent and be forgiven. We read in Psalm 45:7 that God hates sin, and yet He died for everyone who has ever committed sin—and that is all of us.
- For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.—John 3:16-17
We should not hide the truth from the world. God filled us with His light—with His Spirit—so that we could be witnesses of His love, His grace and His power. How else will people of the world know what God thinks except through us? The world is in darkness, controlled by a devil who wants to steal from us, kill us and destroy us—[John 10:10]. We are the light of the world and if we don’t let our light shine, then the world will continue to live in darkness.
- That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.—Philippians 2:15
- Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.—Matthew 5:16
Christians are the salt of the earth. What does this mean? Salt is the spice we put on food to not only preserve it, but to make it taste better—but it also makes us thirsty. And this is a good thing because we need to drink when we eat to help digest the food. It’s the same concept when Christians are a witness for Christ and testify before the people. The people get thirsty for God and they want to preserve their lives in eternity, and only God can quench that thirst. It begins with salvation.
- “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. Matthew 5:13
When Christians lose their seasoning, they don’t appear any different from the world. If we don’t preach the truth and don’t point out sin as being sin according to God’s law, then how will anyone become thirsty for the truth? If people think that it’s okay to live in sin, they will never come to the cross and will never get saved. We need to be bold and not be ashamed to speak out. We can’t go with the flow when it comes to sin. We need to speak out and call it what it is—sin!
You might not make a lot of friends, especially from those who don’t want to change. Even many Christians will shy away from those who are bold and speak the truth because they don’t want to stir the water; they prefer to just let people live their lives their own way. And many, sadly, believe that people don’t need to repent and believe that Jesus forgave us all on the cross. So there will be times when we won’t be well received, but that’s okay, because Jesus wasn’t, either.
- And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:22
This doesn’t mean that we should walk around with our finger pointed and calling everyone a sinner. What it means is that we need to love people and be willing to share the gospel with them and tell them that they need to repent of their sins and accept Jesus as their Savior. It means we don’t go along with the crowd and just accept a sinful behavior as okay in today’s world. It means we don’t fall into the foolishness of the new age religion that says we need to love and accept everyone as they are because God loves everyone as they are—[and they use John 3:16 to support their doctrine].
God does love all of us, but He does not accept any of us on our own merits because of the sin that’s in us. This is why God sent Jesus to us. We all need to repent of our sins and accept the salvation that Jesus gave to us on the cross. We can never forget that we are all sinners saved by grace, and that even now when we do things wrong—and we all do—that we still need to come to Jesus and ask for His forgiveness.
We need to be a witness for God in our own lives because people will only see God through us. If we stay quiet and hide the truth, they will never know the truth. But if we speak up, call sin what it is, and encourage people to accept Jesus, then we will be the disciples God called us to be.
Let’s not disobey God. Let’s not hide His truth from the world. Let’s show how much we love God by sharing His love, truth and salvation with others. Let’s speak out and declare Jesus to all the nations! Time is running out. The onus is on us to get the truth out there so people can get it! We are God’s disciples and His Spirit goes with us. But we cannot spread His gospel if we stay hidden in the closet.
- For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.—2 Corinthians 7:10