I live in Northwest Florida not too far away from the Alabama border. To say our area is “country” is an understatement. It’s not uncommon to walk into the local Wal-Mart and see entire families dressed in camo from head to toe. And no, they are not on a hunting trip but out for their weekly grocery run. Camo as a fashion statement! Who would’ve thought? I guess the Duck Dynasty boys would be proud of the impact they’ve made on my neck of the woods.
Now while I’m not necessarily a fan of sporting camouflage while running errands, I don’t see a problem with it being someone’s choice of attire. But all too often, Christians, myself included, walk through life masking their beliefs, camouflaging our love for God. Maybe it’s because we don’t want to be labeled a “Jesus freak” or something. Maybe we live so close to the world that we’d be embarrassed to admit our faith. Either way, many Christians live a camouflaged life and those around them are none the wiser.
Jesus is calling us out though. If we are to fervently follow him, we cannot remain hidden. We cannot camouflage our faith. On the contrary, we are commanded to let it shine. “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).
This passage reminds us that the only Jesus some people see is the Jesus that shines through us. And they can’t see that if we keep him private and to ourselves. So as Christians, maybe it’s better to let it all out there. Unmask our faith in God so that others may glorify him and leave the camo for the duck blind or the tree stand!
(Disclaimer: No animals were hunted or hurt during the writing of this post)