Not Ashamed to Own the Lord or to Defend His Name

Every Christian should be ready to stand up courageously and unashamedly for the Lord. How sinful it is for a person who has been redeemed by the blood of Christ and has experienced Christ’s saving power to be ashamed of Christ before an unbelieving world!
On one occasion, Frederick the Great, King of Prussia in the 18th century, invited some notable people , including his top ranking generals, to his royal table. One of them, by the name of Hans von Zieten, declined the invitation because he wanted to partake of communion at his church.
Some time later at another banquet, Frederick and his guests mocked the general for his religious scruples and made jokes about the Lord’s Supper.
In great peril for hi life, the officer stood to his feet and said respectfully to the monarch, “My lord, there is a greater King than you, a King to whom I have sworn allegiance even unto death. I am a Christian man and I cannot sit quietly as the Lord’s name is dishonoured and His character belittled.”
The guests trembled in silence, knowing that von Zieten might be killed for speaking out against Frederick the Great in this way. But to their surprise, Frederick grasped the hand of this courageous man, asked his forgiveness and requested that he remain. He promised he would never again allow such a travesty to be made of sacred things.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,,,, ( Romans 1:16a)