It seems like it is hard to be a bold Christian nowadays. When you tell the world that you believe in Jesus, you end up painting a target on your back. Take a look at celebrities that proclaim their faith such as Tim Tebow. The media has a hay-day tearing him apart because of his faith. You go to the other side of the spectrum and see how this same group of people treat someone like Colin Kaepernick. Colin gets praise after praise for taking a knee for what he believes. In our society, there is a double standard, and that is just the way it is.
Knowing that you will be attacked for your faith, does that make you want to go out and be a bold Christian? My answer to my question is yes. You have to take a look at the situation. What do we have to gain by being a bold Christian? Let's take a look at what the Bible tells us about boldness.
Proverbs 28:1 NASB The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
Ephesians 6:19-20 NASB 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Why I chose to be a bold Christian.
If you believe that Jesus died a painful death by being crucified on the cross for your sins, why would you silently give thanks? We owe the eternity of our soul to the blood shed by Jesus. Since Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice to save us, isn't it the least that we could do to share with others what he did for us? I'm not talking about getting in peoples faces and smacking them up side the head with a Bible. What I am talking about is sharing the good news with others that we encounter in our life.
Our purpose is to serve God. Are we serving God when we are silent? Only you will know in your heart if you are being a bold Christian or not. There isn't a litmus test, but some self-reflection is always beneficial. When I meet Jesus face to face someday, and he asks me what I did to further his kingdom what will I tell him? I will say that I boldly shared the good news of the gospel. When he asks why I should be allowed into heaven, I will say because I have faith in the blood shed for my sins and I was not afraid to boldly proclaim your name.
I will leave you with this.
Matthew 7:21 NASB 21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.