I have a friend who works around some of the nicest people you would ever meet. The company he works for is a very liberal Fortune 500 company, he has a couple of co-workers who are openly, and very proudly gay. He says they all get along great and they consider him one of the nicest, most reliable gentleman they have met in a long time. Unfortunately he works in fear, he is afraid if he himself ever came out of the closet that his entire situation might change, he’s afraid he could even lose his job. You see, my friend is a born-again believer, yep a Christian.
The term “ClosetCloset” usually refers to someone being honest about their sexuality. “Authenticity” is highly prized in society today, provided that what one feels falls safely within the dictates of political correctness. This is preciously why he like many Christians today choose to live in a “Christian Closet” where he is purposely vague about his beliefs. If others can come out of the closet, and parade themselves proudly up and down our streets — why should Christians keep quiet? Jesus says in Matthew 10:32-34 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword”.
Living for Christ in this world can be difficult, even brutal at times. This world is not our home. The world is a battlefield. The trials of life are the tools God uses for building us up and making us more like Jesus. It is in those dark times that we look to Christ and let His power work within us. Just before His ascension into heaven, Jesus gave us His final command to spread the gospel to the world. With that He also gave us His final promise. “And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” Matthew 28:20.
Jesus says in John 15: 18-19 “if the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you”.
My friend is out of the closet and proudly proclaims the word of God and declares he is not ashamed of Jesus Christ. He is bold in his approach always ready and willing to talk to anyone, anywhere, and any time about Jesus his God, his Savior, his Friend.