Personal Testimony Isn't Personal
If you're a Christian incumbent or candidate wavering about sharing your personal testimony, you may be pondering one or more of the following questions about your testimony.
"Isn't my personal testimony something personal and confidential?"
Your personal testimony is personal but not confidential. Everyone Jesus helped in the Bible had the privilege as well as the duty to give a personal testimony of what Jesus had done for them. For example, the woman in Luke 8:43-48 and Mark 5:25-34 suffered from a condition so embarrassing and personal that she couldn't even ask Jesus to heal her from it. Yet, when Jesus healed her anyway, she was required to give a testimony of what He had done for her to a crowd of strangers. Sharing your personal testimony about Christ is as much a requirement and privilege today as it was 2000 years ago.
"Yes, but should I share my personal testimony with everyone in the country?"
The Bible says "everyone": "Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear." (1 Peter 3:5).
"What if my personal testimony alienates non-Christian voters?"
Even non-Christians want a leader with conviction and courage, and the one to be concerned about alienating is God, who controls election results: "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God." (Romans 13:1)
"As an incumbent Governor or Senator, I am too important to share my testimony."
Heed David's reply when he was criticized for dancing before the Lord: "It was before the LORD, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the LORD. And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight." (2 Samuel 6:21-22) You're not being asked to dance, but simply to share your personal testimony about God, who said, "Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall... A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor." (Proverbs 16:18 & 29:23)
"I am ashamed to share my personal testimony."
Your personal testimony isn't about you. It's about God and what He has done and continues to do for a sinner, to be read by other sinners. All of us are work in progress and we recognize that you are in or running for a political office, not pastorate. All we expect is honesty and the courage, as well as the loyalty, to testify about the One who gave His life to save yours, and who said, "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." (Mark 8:38)
As an incumbent or or candidate, you know better than anyone else that America desperately needs more Godly leaders in government. We're not asking you to author bills or to make speeches about it, but to simply share your testimony as a Christian. Isn't that the least you can do for the Lord and America? Please click here.
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