In my last blog, I spoke of Christians getting out of their closet, that is time to quit hiding in our churches [closets] and get actively involved in opposing the social issues of our culture. While I believe Christians should be “open” about their faith, the Word of God does talk about going back into our closet in secret. “When you pray, go into a room [closet] alone and close the door. Pray to your Father in private. He knows what is done in private, and he will reward you.” Matthew 6:6
I am not sure which is harder, getting people ‘out’ of their closet and applying their faith to our culture or getting people ‘back’ into their closets to pray. It is not either or, but both. Ask any evangelical Christian and they will testify that they believe that God answers prayer. That being said why is it that most Christians do not pray more or at least have a consistent time of prayer?
“The secret of all failure is our failure in secret prayer.” The Kneeling Christian
Several years ago our culture coined a new phrase, “Coming out of the closet.” This meant that a person who had kept their homosexuality secret now was declaring openly that they were ‘gay.’ Most recently, Jason Collins, a 34-year-old NBA center, came out of the closet announcing he was gay. His “courage” to let the world know of his lifestyle was, as Sports Illustrated stated ‘mostly positive. ESPN analyst Chris Broussard criticized the player for “openly living in unrepentant sin,” and, in particular, took issue with Collins describing himself as Christian. Broussard’s comment was met with a public outcry. (So much for freedom of speech.”)
I believe that it is past time for Christ-followers to ‘come out of their closets’ as well. By that I mean it is time that the Church stop hiding and confront the controversial issues (sin) of our culture. So much of the history of the struggle between good and evil can be explained by Edmund Burke’s statement, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” When good men do nothing, they get nothing good done. To be ‘good’ we must do good. Eph. 2:10 Why is the church so intimidated by the world? Why are we so afraid to offending certain groups?
We are told by the world we must be tolerant which translates as do not confront people with their sin! Was Jesus Christ tolerant? No! Jesus spoke the truth no matter who it offended. Matthew 5:12 But remember, declaring the truth does not mean BEING offensive. We are told to speak the truth but in love. Ephesians 4:15
Let the Church rise up and ‘come out of their closest!”