I woke up this morning with one scripture going through my head, I had to open my bible program to find it though. It’s from 2 Cor 4:2 where Paul is writing the following:
‘But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.’ 2 Cor 4:2
We as Christians are bound to follow our conscience, the seat of our convictions. Truth and openness are like twins, God is truth and the reflection of Him is to be like an open book as Paul writes in another portion of Scripture. Paul repeatedly said he is speaking and acting openly with no hidden agenda or hidden purpose. Our faith and conscience needs this to be operative.
The problem with this is people’s reaction, some will agree some won’t but that is a part of the deal according to Paul. He commands every man’s conscience to God, for every man to walk before God with a pure conscience and according to his own conviction in relationship to the truth understood. God operates when we walk in the light!
Our faith is just that, a faith based on certain dogmas or convictions we have. These where communicated to us in different ways and due to the working of the Holy Spirit in us we adopted certain biblical convictions.
Leadership is to declare its purpose and invite people to follow. It includes an open declaration of the things forming our faith. When idealism are replaced with pragmatism this whole thing corrodes slowly, slowly.
I do respect every man and women following their convictions and clearly communicating them, it’s honest and transparent. It’s honorable I would say with no hesitation!
Paul writes it’s shameful to hide my real faith instead we are to openly declare it and argue for it to give people a possibility to agree or disagree, the risk is they might disagree and then they won’t follow! It might end with me leading myself. That might be the price of conviction!
A few years ago I was serving in an organization where the leadership refused to declare the financial status, salaries and benefits because of fear for the reaction of people. This was very shameful and ended in disaster, lots of pain and agony. It was a hidden things not declared to the people who followed.
We are believers and followers of Christ not politicians, hungry for power and money! Jesus was not like that.
‘If God is on our side, what can men do to us!’
‘Lord have mercy on my soul and help me to walk in the light and truth you provide in your Word, amen!’