“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost” – 2 Corinthians 4:3
One of my most favorite games to play as a child was hide and go seek. Having been a very small boy with an uncanny wit, I rarely ever lost. I could hide in the most unconventional ways, seemingly for hours. The only problem with winning at a game of hide and go seek is that you really don’t win. My young friends would get so scared that they had to go tell my parents, and many times search parties would be issued out for my whereabouts. The entire time, I had been so well hidden that I was asleep in my hiding space and I was not woke enough to be found. This is a terrible truth of the church at large…
In Paul’s day, the term “Christian” was more of a snide moniker than an honorable call. Jesus, having not long before being crucified and risen, there was much controversy over they who believed in the truth of His great gospel. Paul himself, having held the coats of they who condemned and beat Christians, knew all too well of the danger of being named among the followers of The Way. However, because of what he knew, and because of the experience that he himself had with Jesus (Acts 9), he could no longer stay “in the closet” about Jesus. This led me to a truly introspective place. How many times can we say people know of a surety that we are followers of The Way? How many times can people accurately see the conviction and certainty of God exhibited in our lives? This does not refer to titles. This does not refer to occupations given in ecumenical gatherings every Sunday. Are we hiding in plain sight, living lives of “down low” Christianity?
The problem with hide and go seek, and with a hide and go seek Christianity, is that if we cannot see your walk, no matter how much you smile and sing in the “hiding spaces” of our modern day churches, you are ineffective. Your evangelical call is to “go ye into all the world” (Mark 16:15-16). While I grew up a “church kid” and I love the function and the fellowship of the church, I also understand that church is an embassy, whereby we as special agents come to get marching orders to carry out the expansion of the Kingdom of God. We are ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:20). That means if all we do is “have good church” and grow fat in our own piety, we are doing a disservice to the world. Your mistakes are a roadmap for someone else. Your conversion is someone else’s clarity. If you hide that in secret Sunday morning meetings alone, you hide the opportunity for someone else to be free. Rather instead, I charge you, be so completely sold out and joyful about your salvation that others who have never spoke a word to you wonder what it is about you that is so alive. It works! Trust me, it works!
Cleo Dailey, III is a freelance writer and aspiring author who has written for several city and nation-wide publications. He is currently studying to obtain a degree in both English and Clinical Psychology, and the Minister of Music for New Life Christian Church in Peoria, IL.