Friday, April 03, 2009

Camouflaged Christian

Camouflaged Christians

     Hunting season is not yet upon us but the idea is that when you go hunting it is better to be camouflaged so the animal being hunted cannot see you that well. When we hear the word "camouflage" most people think of a hunter in the woods that is blending in with his surrounding or of a soldier who has disguised himself for the purpose of not being discovered. The Bible is clear that Christians are in the army of the Lord.
     Unlike our earthly armed forces, God's army is never to be dressed in camouflage. We are to be constantly ready, alert and prepared to stand for God. We are never to disguise our identity or be ashamed that we are indeed enlisted in the most powerful of all forces known to mankind.
     However, and unfortunately, there seems to be reluctance today among some of God's army personnel to identify themselves as true believers of the gospel. To keep from being considered "radical," too many Christians are willing to blend in with those who make no claims of believing in any form of Christianity--every day but Sunday. They hear and share filthy jokes; they may encourage and promote dishonesty; they are greedy for self gain; they pretend blindness to all forms of employee/employer abuse. Even engaging in illicit relationships is not beyond them. No one can see them. They are in perfect camouflage--indistinguishable from the world.
    Yet, often these same individuals will be extremely active in their church activities. It is as though on Sunday the "whole armor of God" is worn with pride and honor, all ironed and polished; but in the workplace there is often not the slightest hint of ever having enlisted in God's army.
    While no one desires to be mistreated or passed-over for job promotions, if standing up as a child of God is what causes us to be persecuted, then that is exactly what God expects of us. Are we going to be ashamed at the appearing of Christ? Or are we going to be ashamed when it is time for us to vacate this temporary dwelling place we call earth? Please remember that it was Jesus Christ Himself who said if we're ashamed of Him; then He will be ashamed of us.
    We must remember that church membership does not guarantee that we are enlisted in God's army. Anyone can claim to be enlisted; but it's not those that talk only, but those who "walk the talk" and wear the garments of Christ's salvation openly, unashamedly and with honor who are numbered among the soldiers in God's army. This means seriously and honestly seeking to live holy lives and never being willing to camouflage our position in Christ.
    So take off that camouflage! Never forget that Almighty God has saved us, Benevolent God blesses us, Creator God guides us, Supporting God promotes us-- and when our earthly battles have ended, God will receive us into that blessed eternal Kingdom where all who have worn God's garments of salvation with honor will receive their "just reward."
    "Well done thou good and faithful servant" are not words that "camouflaged Christians" can expect to hear when they face God at the final judgment. Our position in Christ is to be as open and displayed as Christ was on the cross so ALL can see. The cross was not camouflaged; it was not hidden. It was on a hill, called Golgotha, where all could see it and where sin's debt was paid. So take off that camouflage so all can see that you are a Christian, a soldier in God's army and not ashamed of it.

Rev. Jabe Fincher
Irvington/Zirlott Road United Methodist Churches

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