The Lost Attribute of Boldness

The Lost Attribute of Boldness April 8, 2018

American Christians have lost our boldness. Perhaps we were never bold to begin with. Look around at the number of Christians being intimated and silenced by society. Instead of being bold for Christ, we allow ourselves to be bullied by culture. By all means, there are some that are vocal. Some that we should look up to as role models of the faith in face of trials and tribulation. But often the loudest voices are those who want the spotlight pointed at themselves rather than Jesus.

What’s really sad is that sometimes those who are doing the silencing claim to be Christians themselves. Even when we agree on the controversial issues of the day, there are those that give in to cultural mandates…and try and force others to give in too. We may think our motives are pure of heart – we want to be loving, kind, tolerant. We want to extend grace. But then we cheapen that grace and wind up neglecting our first love, like the church at Ephesus (see Revelation 2).

We stop turning to see what the Holy Scriptures say. We stop listening to the Holy Spirit. We don’t want to hurt feelings, risk relationships, or lose our status. We want to be popular – never outgrowing out juvenile desire for everyone to like us. So, instead of being true to the Word of God, we listen to what others tell us we should believe. We buy into those lies and begin to perpetrate them ourselves, convinced that so many people can’t be wrong. After all, if Hollywood (especially Disney) says something is okay, then it is, right?!? Besides, we’re more enlightened and have a better understanding of Scripture than people in the past. (How’s that for pride)?

Listen – there have and continue to be sins committed in the name of God. People often twist the Bible into saying what they want it to say. Or they forget all about the parts that would convict them of their sin. At the same time, Christians are guilty of not speaking up for the truth. We talk a lot about truth in love, but more and more people are forgoing the truth part all together.

Ask yourself, “Am I one of those people?” You’ll know the answer is yes if you fear man more than God.

Not everyone is called to write and speak publicly. We’re not even all called to be vocal on social media. But we are all commanded to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. If we are too afraid to share our faith with others, if we are more concerned about what other humans think of us than what God thinks of us, or if we are not willing to speak up for the truth of the Bible, then we are not loving God. In fact, we’re replacing Him with an idol – ourselves. And it takes no boldness at all to place ourselves on a pedestal.

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  • ravitchn

    The boldness of Christians. Yes there is boldness: the propagation of nonsense in the face of evidence, reason, common sense, humanity. Christians have a lot of nerve to spread their lies and fraudulent beliefs. It is the boldness of lunatics.

  • Kostya2

    No, it is the boldness to stand up for a faith that you sincerely believe in and have examined reasonably, in the face of those who would call you lunatics.
    If lunatics are bold and all Christians are lunatics, then Christians would all be bold. But Christians are not bold.

  • David

    But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

    I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. 2 Corinthians 10:2-6

  • Carlos Santiago

    Great discussion. I think the best boldness comes in the exuberance of the Fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5 . Name calling and judgmentalism are more often the tools of the skeptic, worldly person, shallow immature Christian.. Even apologetics while useful is ineffective to a skeptic with a closed mind. The Bible shows us repeatedly to use the ultimate tool which is Love. Peace

  • Mr. James Parson

    Why don’t Evangelicals start viewing non-Christians as fellow human beings deserving of respect, instead as just potential converts to be proselytized to?

    — Akira625

  • Myles

    Religion is nothing but a scam designed to enable fraud artists to get rich by stealing from the weak-minded.
    Which death-cult is padding your pockets?
    No decent and moral society has any need of that sick garbage.

  • Myles

    Mental illness is treatable. Get help.

  • Carlos Santiago

    We do.

  • Fallulah

    “Look around at the number of Christians being intimated and silenced by society. Instead of being bold for Christ, we allow ourselves to be bullied by culture.”

    Wow I had to stop reading there. Christians are the majority in the US, they have their own tv shows, churchs on every corner, all the elected officials are Christians… aren’t being bullied, often it is the Christian bakers, pro-lifers, etc that are doing the bullying. GET REAL.

  • Fallulah

    Seems pretty bold to me to constantly harp on not providing services to LGBTQ individuals because of their “sincerely held beliefs”, while not saying a word about adulterers and divorcees, whom Jesus condemned specifically, while saying nothing about the gays.

  • Mr. James Parson


  • dorcheat

    Withdraw comment. In the wrong forum.