Thoughts on John 12:42-43

I was practicing my memory verses yesterday and came to John 12:42-43:

Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.

The thought occurred to me that this verse applies today in many areas of life. You could substitute other names in the place of leaders, Pharisees and synagogue. For example:

Yet at the same time many even among the university professors believed in him. But because of the Freedom From Religion Foundation they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the Academy; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.

Or:

Yet at the same time many even among the research scientists believed in him. But because of the editors of the peer reviewed science publications they would not confess their faith for fear their research wouldn’t be published; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.

Or:

Yet at the same time many even among the business leaders believed in him. But because of the human resources religious tolerance policies they would not confess their faith for fear they would be fired from their jobs or sued; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.

It is my personal prayer and my prayer for all my brothers and sisters in Christ that this would not be true of us. I pray that, like Paul, we could say:

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Rom 1:16

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