How would you like to be the tester for a Kevlar prototype? Once an inventor presented to the Duke of Wellington a bulletproof waistcoat he had designed. After the duke inspected the material, the inventor asked him if he would like to purchase one for himself.

The duke told the inventor to try the waistcoat on while he went to grab his gun and prove the accuracy of his claims. Suddenly, the inventor lost confidence in his product and ran for the door.

Unfortunately, this is the way many Christians feel about their faith. They have no problem promoting the cause of Christ when things are going well, but when forced to live out what they preach under pressure, they run for cover. If taking a stand in accordance with our spiritual convictions is unpopular, we would rather follow the crowd than risk suffering embarrassment or ostracism.

Our hypocrisy turns people off to Christianity more than anything else. Unbelievers are searching for love, but find the church troubled with hatred and discord among its members. They want to see the “wonderful peace” we sing about, but are disappointed to see a body divided by conflicts and discrimination.

If we want to reach our world for Christ, then we must show them authenticity. We need to confess and forsake our sins and get real. If others are disarmed by our false armor, we will never be able to sell it.

If any man can convince me and bring home to me that I do not think or act aright, gladly will I change; for I search after truth, by which man never yet was harmed. But he is harmed who abideth on still in his deception and ignorance. — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.