“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony.” Reference: John 3:11
I recently noticed that I am now able to speak and testify about Christ Jesus without shame. This was not always true for me. I had this hesitation and uneasiness about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I now understand that my shame and discomfort was not about Jesus, but about the churches that I had been involved with. I felt pain about the discrepancy between church life and God’s will. I would look at the words of Jesus, then look at the church, and then feel sorrow. I wanted to share the Good News of Jesus with people in need of salvation, but I kept finding myself sadly making excuses for church theology and practices. Then, I read the 24 points of the 1995 Mennonite Confession and realized that it was OK to be embarrassed about the churches I had once called home, because their thinking and behavior did not line up with God’s will as I read it and understood it from the Bible. I now call myself a Mennonite, even though I lack a near-by Mennonite church. I am pleased to say that I can say YES! When reading Romans 1:16 (NASV), “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” because I “can speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen.”
I thank God for leading my wife and me to the discovery of Mennonite and Anabaptist faith and practice. Amen!