Fellowship of the Unashamed
This declaration was written by a Rwandan man in 1980 who was forced to either renounce Jesus or face certain death. He refused to renounce his faith, and was killed. On the night before his death, he wrote the following*:
I am part of the "Fellowship of the Unashamed."
I have Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line.
The decision has been made. I am a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be afraid. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure.
I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity.
I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded.
I now live by His provision. Learn by His Word. Love by His perspective. Walk by faith in Him and labor by His power.
My face is set, my gait is steady, my goal is Heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won't give up, shut up, let up, burn up, til I've preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go til He comes, give til I drop, preach til all know, and work til He stops. And when Jesus comes to get His own, He'll have no problem recognizing me.
My colors will be clear.
*adapted by John Kasay