"..the most interesting talk of the morning" (National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.) "was given by Tony Hall, the former Democratic Congressman from Dayton, Ohio, who had been appointed by the president to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations food and agriculture agencies, based in Rome. In his gentle, understated way, Hall urged religious men and woman of both parties not to be shy about bringing their faith to the office and letting it be part of who they are in public. In fact, he described a trip he took to an Islamic country where he was greeted by the U.S. ambassador at the airport."
"Congressman Hall," said the unnamed ambassador, "I just want to remind you that you're in a Muslim country. Please don't talk about religion, or it could really set back what we're trying to accomplish here."
Hall said he just nodded politely, but when they arrived at the office of the king, he asked why he had come to the country.
"I would like to be your friend," Hall replied. "I would like our countries to be friends. And I would like to invite you to the National Prayer Breakfast, in the name of Jesus."
The U.S. ambassador went pale. But the king got very excited. He slapped his knee and said, "That is remarkable. You have come all this way to be my friend and to talk to me about Jesus. That is wonderful. My mother used to talk to me a lot about Jesus when I was a child. We should talk about Jesus more often." And then the king turned to the ambassador and said, "Why don't you talk about Jesus?"
The audience howled, as did my wife and I, though his remarks were not printed in the major news media,...those who say they are followers of Jesus Christ should never be ashamed of speaking his name. Nor should they be hesitant to bless people in his name or invite them to church or to a prayer breakfast or to read and study the scriptures together. After all, they may be surprised just how interested even presidents, prime ministers, and kings- not to mention their own friends and neighbors- are to hear Christ's message of hope and love, especially during times of great turmoil and unrest.(1)
"But the fearful(cowardly-NIV) and unbelieving and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Revelation 21:8. Note the words fearful, cowardly in this passage of scripture. They will also have their place in the fiery lake of burning sulfur, the second death; not just murderers, liars and the sexually immoral.
"For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man (Jesus) be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's and of the holy angels." Luke 9:26. If we are afraid, fearful to mention the name of Jesus then he will be ashamed of us!
"And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming." I John 2:28. If we do not do the will of the Father then we will be ashamed when we stand before Jesus Christ at his return.
As for me and my house we will serve the Lord. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first and also the Greek." Romans 1:16 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13 ... Hallelujah!
Christ hung in agony and suffered for 3 hours on that cross for you and I that we might reign with him forever. "And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life." 1 John 2:25.
He paid the ultimate price. Not just public insult but death itself. He went ALL THE WAY. Would the person that reviles you, despises you for calling upon the name of Jesus do that for you? Who would you be ashamed of; the person that reviles and despises you or the one that suffered in your place? Think about it the next time you do not have the courage to mention His name in public.
"Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf." 1 Peter 4:16.
"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. I John 4:4. God gives us the Holy Spirit who lives in us that we might overcome the world.
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.(KJV) For everything in the world - the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does(the pride of life)- comes not from the Father but from the world.(NIV) The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.(NIV) 1 John 2:15,16. Amen. (so be it!)
1. Joel Rosenberg, Epicenter, Why The Current Rumblings In The Middle East Will Change Your Future. Carol Stream,IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2008, p.235, 236