“And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.” Deuteronomy 28:10
The world professes to be scared of Christians. But let’s unmask the ruse: no one is scared that real Christians as such will harm them. That fear is faux. Time would fail us to speak of the atrocities of the Roman Catholic Church and of people who said they were Christians throughout history. Although the church has dwelt in darker ages, in this age of toleration the little societies of faithful local churches are non-aggression itself.
But there remains a real fear of God’s people. Their presence is a terrible reminder to the world that God is real. They are a living emblem of the real option of serving God and of the impending doom of sinners who love their sin and refuse to give it up. Therefore, humbly let your light shine before men, and do not withhold the word of witness, though it torment their conscience as fire from your mouths. Who knows whether it might spark the fear of God in their hearts, and drive them to Jesus for safety? For they should be scared, but not of us.