Monday, July 28, 2014

Reflection for the Week–July 28

Keep this quiet. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone. There is often a shroud of secrecy in place when it comes to the problems, doubts, and questions that people have with their faith. These important issues, it is assumed, must be safely hidden away and never discussed with anyone. It is all okay – no worries, merely reinforces the fear of exposure. Myriads of Christians are caught in the shroud of secrecy. They’re deeply struggling with what they believe and are convinced they mustn’t say anything about it. But let’s face it, most of the time the shroud of secrecy is encouraged by pastors, churches, parents, and friends who won’t and don’t understand. One can’t tell them anything without facing a barrage of condemnation. Thus, trusting others is seen as fraught with danger. Sadly, keeping the secret becomes more important than keeping the faith.