Proclaim the Truth Without Fear
I. Don’t Fear Persecution -
II. Expect the Hidden to be Revealed -
A. Secret plots will come to light
B. The Gospel hidden within you will come out
III. Are You Ashamed of the Gospel? -
Paul on Shame for the Gospel
Jesus on Shame for the Gospel
IV. The Righteous Man Lives By His Faith, Be A Righteous Man (or Woman) -
In December 1994 syndicated columnist Bob Greene told the inspiring story of Rob Mouw.
Rob played on the soccer team in his senior year at Wheaton Christian High School. In the final seconds of a big game against favored Waubonsie Valley, with his team behind by one goal, Rob was dribbling the ball in front of him, running at full speed toward the opponent’s goal. Just before he shot the ball, though, he caught sight of the scoreboard. The clock read 00.00. But like any good athlete, Rob shot the ball anyway, and it went in for a goal. The referee signaled that the goal counted, and the game finished in a tie.
The Wheaton fans cheered. The Waubonsie Valley fans cried that time had run out.
Rob had a choice to make. He could say nothing and avoid a loss. After all, it was the referee’s job to decide the calls, not his. Or Rob could do what was right.
Rob asked the referee whether the official time was kept on the scoreboard or the referee’s stopwatch. The referee said the scoreboard time was official and then ran off the field. Rob went to his coaches and explained that just before his kick, he had seen zeros on the scoreboard clock. Since he hadn’t heard a whistle, he kept playing. But his goal was late, and he didn’t think it should count.
His coaches agreed, and so they went over to the opposing coaches, explained what had happened, and conceded victory to Waubonsie Valley.
Bob Greene ended his article with this quote from Rob Mouw: “Every time in your life you have an opportunity to do right, you should be thankful. For a person to know what right is, and then not to do it—that would be a sin. To have won the game—I mean, really, who cares? Doing the right thing is more important. It lets you have peace.”
But that wasn’t the end of the story, writes Kevin Dale Miller. “Sometime later Rob received a handwritten letter from a total stranger that said:
Dear Rob, I read Bob Greene’s wonderful column about you. I love sports and true sportsmen. My faith in our future was renewed and lifted by that column. Never lose your principles. Always stand for what’s decent and right. That’s what you told us all when you refused the victory!
The letter was signed by former President George Bush.
Doing what’s right—it sometimes gets the attention and approval of the newspaper and even former presidents. It always gets the attention and approval of God.