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November 2011

NOTES ALONG THE JOURNEY - XXXII - FAITH FLAGS


Oby Cherian

"For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group" (Gal. 2:12).

We recently had a shift of regime in our State, a new government took over. One thing everybody does is look around for changes that have happened. The most obvious was the posters on the road and the pictures on the wall. The somber face of the old chief minister was now replaced by the smiling face of his successor.

The other change I noticed was the flags on the bonnet of cars and SUVs. A few months ago, most of them belonged to the old party. Now the boot was on the other foot and most belonged to the new ruling clan. Occasionally there were cars that still floated the flag of the old regime, but these were few and far between. It was easy to see what had happened. The fickle floaters had either changed sides or thought it wiser not to display their allegiance to an outfit that was not in power. Only the diehard loyal followers of the previous regime were not afraid or ashamed to display their flag.

There were a few times in my life when I have moved away from friends or relatives who were an embarrassment to me. I know I shouldn't have. It's easy to stick by a friend when he is popular, but what happens when he falls out with the crowd? Jesus had great crowds (Matt. 4:25) that supported and followed Him when He was healing people, but only a handful around the cross.

What about us, Christians? We know we will always be in the ranks of the opposition. Not much worldly power or influence. Are we afraid or ashamed to display our faith flags? It may be poster on our wall or ring tone on our mobile. Something that tells people we are Christians. These may attract hostile attention; on the other hand, they may bring us friends when in need, or they might give us an opportunity to talk about our faith.

But the most effective faith flag is still the love of God seen in our lives. Let's be like Onesiphorus and keep our faith flags flying high. "You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me" (1 Tim.1:15). "Onesiphorus often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains" (1 Tim. 1:16). "So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me His prisoner" (1 Tim. 1: 8).




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