I am a member 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 will not look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
My past is redeemed, my present is exciting, and my future is secure. I will no longer abide low living, sight-walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, dwarfed goals, & cheap grace.
I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I do not have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live in Him, lean on Him, love through Him, and labor with Him.
My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions dear, my Guide reliable, and 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 will not give up, back up, let up, or shut up until I have preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ. I must go until He returns, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes.
For when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. You see, I am a member of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.
The above is copied from a bookmark distributed by Kima International School of Theology (K.I.S.T.), a training school for Church of God pastors and other Christian workers in Maseno, Kenya. A quick search of the Web shows that variations of it are in use lots of places; most of these websites indicate the authorship of the piece is unknown, though some provide a claim of authorship to one or another person the owners of the website hold in esteem. I reproduce it here because when I first heard it, read aloud several years ago in Warner Auditorium by Dr. Ed Foggs, I found it inspiring; but of course as too quick a reading might lead to some misunderstanding, I need to tell you what I am not ashamed of:
I am not ashamed to stand with Jesus Christ when he proclaims that he has come to proclaim good news to the poor.
I am not ashamed to be on his side when he touches the untouchable;
when he gives priority to a woman who has endured years of suffering over the child of a leader in the community;
when he goes out of his way to speak words of life to a Samaritan adulteress, or to a man tormented in mind who has been abandoned by his community to wander among the tombs.
I am not ashamed to see him moved with compassion.
I am not ashamed of his instructions when he tells me to love my enemy and do good to the one who hates me.
I am not ashamed when he counts himself among the homeless.
I am not ashamed of the way he prevented a righteous mob from executing a woman caught in sexual sin.
I am not ashamed of how he wept over the hypocrisy of religious leaders.
I am not ashamed of his call to pursue greatness by choosing to serve rather than rule.
I am not ashamed of his decision to pray for his killers to be forgiven, while they were killing him, nor am I ashamed that in this also he calls on us to follow him.
I am not ashamed that he healed indiscriminately and instructed his disciples to do the same, saying: “freely you have receive, freely give.”
I am not ashamed to say that I want to do more than be his worshiper, adoring him from a distance, as many do, proclaiming with false piety that it would be wrong to try to be like him.
I am not ashamed to be his apprentice, a student of the Master. My aim is to learn by doing.