Be a Truthful Witness
Let’s say you witnessed a gang related crime. Okay, okay, I know that seems unlikely – but work with me here! The police approach you and ask you if you are willing to testify. In fact, they need your testimony to have a solid case against the perpetrator. So, would you? Of course you would? Well, not so fast! The thing is, the offending gang also knows the police need your testimony. So they send you a note: “Keep your mouth shut… or else.” Not much imagination is required to figure out the “or else.” So, NOW do you testify? You have been given compelling reason to deny the truth that you have seen. You may be required to testify by law, but you have been given good, life-preserving reasons to lie and say “I didn’t see anything!” But you shouldn’t. That wouldn’t be right. “A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free” (Proverbs 19:5).
I have seen the evidence of God. I have seen what happens with the evidence of God is denied. And so have you. So has everyone. “What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them” (Romans 1:19). Even without actually seeing God we have enough to clearly know that He is there. However, the world gives us reason to deny this truth. We may be more popular if we are not devout Christians. We may have more (temporary) business success if we aren’t completely honest. We may find it more comfortable to do what we want if we deny the truth of God’s presence. So sure, there are reasons to deny the truth that you have witnessed. And people do. “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie…” (Romans 1:25).
What will you do? Having seen what is good will you deny it? I promise you this: if you turn from the light you will descend into darkness. I cannot say that I have always had my heart turned toward God. I know what happens when I don’t. God is the source of every good thing! If we do not treasure His truth then the lie we exchange it for will greatly disappoint us. So don’t. Freely testify about what you have seen and heard from God, even if the world hates you for it. Hold on to the truth of God even when partial truths and blatant lies seem more appealing. Then you will not have to face God’s punishment. Then you will be free.