Danger of Familiarity


But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);  because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  Romans 10:8-9

Gospel language is familiar in so many parts of our world.  In our country alone, all one has to do is turn on a sitcom, or listen to a popular prime time interviewer, to hear them use terms like “Christian,” “born-again,” “saved,” etc.  Extended members of our family, hostile to Christ, have watched Billy Graham more than a few times and mock the terminology he uses during the invitation.  The Word is surely ‘near them’ and unless they open their hearts to Christ, they are without excuse.

I am shocked by how many movies and television programs make Christianity an open target in their material.  Pieces of scripture are quoted out of context and always with disrespect.  Those who follow Christ are portrayed as horribly out of step with the times.

Never has the Gospel been more available with the Internet and fun gadgets like iPads, iPhones, Kindles, E-books, and Bible apps.  But not all who know the lingo know the Savior.  The word is near them, even very familiar to them, but knowing it and confessing Christ as Lord with sincerity of heart is a completely different matter.

Is there such a thing as a closet Christian?  What about the one who won’t associate with Christians and says that he privately believes?  That makes me nervous, I have to tell you.  Stating an allegiance without apology makes it real.  Oh, the power of speaking what is in the heart.  It has an effect on the one who speaks it and it definitely penetrates the conversation one has with others.

In this post-Christian era, I can’t afford to hide.  I shouldn’t mince words either.  Prayers for boldness, shared words with others that are heart driven; these have always been the hallmarks of God’s servants who go out and change the world.

Where can I speak where I’ve been shy?  Show me.  Amen


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