Romans 1:16 KJV
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
“…to the Jew, and…the Greek”, which means to EVERYBODY.
In the Bible, Matthew 26, we read about Peter who denied Christ even after Jesus Himself warned him of this fact. Perhaps Peter was frightened. It was after all, a highly tense night during which Peter and his fellow disciples saw their Master, Mentor and Teacher being arrested, about to face judgement and quite possibly will be sentenced to death in a highly public manner. There was the very real danger of Peter and the rest of Jesus’ followers being treated in similar fashion. Who could blame him for being afraid?
Was Peter ashamed to be identified as a Jesus-follower? Arguably, possibly, to a certain degree; enough that it might influence his denial of Jesus. Personally, I think he was mostly afraid. He could get arrested, just like that.
Whatever the reason, Peter did in fact denied Jesus. Thank God he quickly realized his grave trespass and repented of it. Unlike Peter, Judas Iscariot (who in his own way also denied Jesus) was regretful but ended up killing himself.
Some Christians are ashamed to publicly show themselves as such. Reasons being: I could get arrested. People will mock me. People will call me names or a ‘goody-two-shoes’. It’s too much; I don’t have to go around shoving my Faith in people’s faces. Sunday is more than enough; let me be normal the other 6 days. No time to be ‘on’ all the time. Etc.
Matthew 10:33 KJV
“But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”
I went out for lunch the other day with my parents. My father, a minister of the Bible, led us in prayer before we ate. Over here, the general public mostly are used to the sight of Christians (or believers of certain other religions) praying in public before eating so hardly anyone batted an eyelid. Once I sat near a big family of Christians who unashamedly but quietly said grace before dinner. It warmed my heart and made me happy that there are certainly others who are not ashamed to be Christians in the public eye, away from the Church and Family.
If we are true, born-again Christians, let us not be ashamed to be one both in private and in public. Witness the Light.