It struck me as odd once when I saw a firm market itself as Christian website designers. Not because of their chosen faith, but rather the fact they chose to publicize it at all. I wondered about the loss of business they might experience. Would potential clients reject their work simply on the grounds of their proclaimed religion? Why on Earth would a businessperson put this bit of personal information before the world? Then I wondered why I didn’t? That’s the day I realized I was a Closet Christian. Sure, I would pray and worship when it suited me. But to tell others—that wasn’t happening. I was embarrassed and afraid of being judged by others. What would they think? When I began writing Provide and Prosper, it contained no scripture. There was no outward sign God was even part of the project. As I worked on the outline and pulled together each chapter, it weighed heavy on my heart whether I should, or could, use God’s Word within the text. Given my past, what made me think I was even qualified? It’s easy to keep work and faith separate but to what cost?
Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. – Matthew 10:32 (NIV)
For more than a decade, people read my writing on various topics. I became known as an expert in my field. How would those readers accept me once I confessed my faith in Christ? As I mature in my faith, the less I care what others may think of my choice. Nowadays, I would rather be passed over for a project because I am saved than to deny being so. Not every thing I write refers to God and his place in my life but without His wonderful love and almighty presence, I could do nothing. I would be nothing. So as I sit here today, I gladly, and proudly, say I am a Christian writer!
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. -Romans 10:9 (NIV)
Do you find it difficult at times to tell co-workers or strangers about your love for Christ? Have you ever acted as a Closet Christian?

1 Comment

  1. It is always hard to know how much to push your faith. Too much and you risk alienating a lot of your audience that you might have reached with a more subtle approach. But on the other hand a subtle (or closet) approach may miss reaching people that you might have reached with a more direct approach.
    I guess it depends on where you are in your own walk and how much you want to reach out to people with the Gospel.
    I wish you all the best with your new approach.

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