As I was walking into Wal-Mart the other day, I noticed several men entering the store in camouflage. I had several strange thoughts, which came into my twisted little mind, which amused me. The first thing I thought was that’s not very good camouflage since you stand out like a sore thumb. Then I began to think about the wisdom of wearing camouflage in public. Most people want to be noticed so cars won’t hit them, they want waiters to notice them in a restaurant so they can receive service. Wearing camouflage in public seems counterintuitive.
I am afraid at times that Christians wear camouflage. When a Christian goes through life hoping no one notices their faith, they have spiritual camouflage on. Christ doesn’t want us in camouflage; Christ wants us in the bold colors of a holy life, the holy life that wins the respect of outsiders and the holy life that glows with an uncontrollable passion for God. We are not called to hide in this world, but we are called to be a light in a dark world.
Jesus said in Matt 5:14-16
14 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. “ NIV
J. Tom Washburn