During one of his six NBA finals, Michael Jordan looked with frustration at one of his teammates. He had only one thing to say: “If you’re afraid, then go sit down. If you’re not, then take the shot!” The teammate took the shot. Jordan, with his dominating presence, refused to accept a teammate who was unwilling to fight for a win. He made his fellow players rise to a certain level. Someone needs to do something similar with American Christians.

Before he was crucified, the biblical texts state that Jesus prayed so long and so hard that sweat rolled off of his face like great drops of blood. But when that prayer was finished, he rose to his feet, and he took that journey alone. Biblical texts indicate that human beings, on their own, could not be part of God’s plan unless the Lamb of God allowed himself to be sacrificed. A ransom for many. Knowing what he would face, he still had the courage to do all that was required of him.

Today, sadly, the country has lots of folks who proudly “say” that they are Christians. But they do not act like it. If a tree is known by its fruit, then the evidence is simply overwhelming. Many politicians, currently, seem very afraid of the facts, of the truth. The word “subpoena” makes them cringe. Why? If you have nothing to hide, then the truth will only vindicate you. But if you do have something to hide, then you might feel fear about testifying before Congress, or even allowing others to testify. If that is the case, if you are a coward, no worries. Own it. “Go sit down.” No one will point the finger. Judge not, remember? But never again refer to yourself as a Christian.

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