Then Joshua said [to the people], ‘You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the LORD.’ ‘Yes, we are witnesses,’ they replied» (Joshua 24:22). Joshua was about to die. He had called all the tribes of Israel together at Shechem and passed on some God-given advice. When he finished, he asked the people if they were going to stay true to what they knew to be right. You just read their response.
It’s said that people reveal their true character when no one is looking.
Let’s imagine that you’ve got your driver’s license and you’re tooling home from work late at night. You pass through a small town with one stoplight. The streets are dark, and not a person is around anywhere. As you approach the light, it turns red. Do you stop and wait for it to turn green again, even though every other driver in the county, including the town’s only police officer, is home asleep in their beds?
You find a wallet in the ditch with money in it. Do you turn it in to the police?
You happen to know an unkind thing about someone else. Do you share that juicy tidbit with friends?
The true Christian does right simply because it’s the right thing to do. Yes, you wait for the greenlight in the deserted town. Yes, you turn the wallet in. Yes, you keep your mouth shut. Why? Because you are a «witness against yourself» that you’re a Christian, and nothing will change that.
I’ve waited for green lights in deserted towns in the middle of the night. It’s boring,exasperating, and character building.