With the recent release of the Man of Steel movie, I started thinking about the concept of super heroes. A super hero is defined as any of various comic strip characters with super human abilities or magical powers, wearing a distinctive costume, and fighting against evil. As far as I know, all super heroes have a secret identity that they hide behind in order to keep their true identity hidden. Having a secret identity allows the person to live a normal life when they are not fighting crime.
As I thought more and more about this concept, I paralleled it with Christians. We have the power to change and save sooo many people in the world through the sharing of Christ but oftentimes, as a whole, we come up short. I believe this is because we let our “secret identity” remain our only identity. We act as though we have to keep who we are hidden all the time, as if no one is supposed to know that we are a Christian. For some reason, we get afraid to let others know about it. We rather fit in than stand out. Instead of going against the world’s standard, we go along with them. Instead of letting our peers know who we serve, we let our Christianity play the background. For the record, your identity in Christ was never supposed to remain a secret. Matthew 5:14-16 says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
So for all of you trying to remain in your secret identity status, it’s time to come of out hiding! When was the last time you’ve seen a fearful and cowardly super hero?
Be unashamed! (Romans 1:16)