Cathy Lynn Grossman wrote in the PCUSA Religion News Service: “The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the constitutionality of prayer at public meetings. But a new survey finds U.S. voters clearly favor prayer ― as long as the public prayer is generic and not specifically Christian.” The meaning of that is, maybe we will be allowed to pray in public, but we will not be allowed to use the name Jesus Christ. In some places this is already a common rule. People are advised not to pray to or in Jesus’ name.
As you can see it all comes to that “Name”. The way things are going, in the near future we will not be allowed to pronounce the name Jesus. That name, once sweet and beloved will be banned from public conversation. The culture is pushing us to a point that we will feel ashamed to use that name, or intimidated not to use it.
Some of us are already trying to minimize the problem and trying to find other ways to cope with this situation using, “The letter J,” or “JC,” “The Man”, etc. These are just temporary solutions for an underlying bigger problem, the use or even pronunciation of the name Jesus Christ.
Others are already feeling the heat and shunning away from using the name. They are afraid of the consequences of being identified with “that group”. They are concern with the “politically correctness” of our generation. They pay attention to the winds of culture and value their positions in the society, and because of that they do not want to be counted among those “radicals”, “nuts”, etc.
These are some Bible verses that show the importance of the Name of Jesus:
In Acts 4:12 we learn that we are saved by that Name.
In 1Corinthians 6:11 we learn that we were washed, sanctified, and justified in His Name.
In Philippians 2: 9-11 we learn that one day every knee shall bow at that Name.
In Acts 4:30 we learn that many people were healed and signs and wonders were performed through that Name.
In John 14:13 we learn from Jesus Himself that we should pray in His Name.
As you can see the Name of Jesus Christ is very important for those of us who call ourselves Christians.
But the most striking text is from Jesus Himself, when He warned His disciples saying: “But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. Luke 21:12.” He makes clear to them that His disciples would suffer because of His Name.
The time is coming when we, the disciples of Christ, will need to take a stand on His Name, and be ready to pay the price for doing so. I pray that God will give us strength and courage to be faithful witnesses during those trial times that are ahead of us.
Have a blessed week,