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Can Your Faith Be a Secret?

Do you bow your head and close your eyes when you pray? Do you know why Christians customarily do so? Many Christians believe bowing their heads and closing their eyes shows respect and humility, and helps those who pray become less distracted.

But in North Korea today, believers can go to prison if they are caught praying to God. So sometimes they pray with their eyes open to keep others from knowing what they are doing. They may look at the person they are with as if they are having a conversation with them. And instead of referencing God, they may use a phrase like “Dear Leader.” (“Dear Leader” is a title used for former leader Kim Il Sung. In this case, Christians are using the title to talk secretly about God.)

Instead of bowing their heads and closing their eyes, they might look at the person sitting next to them and say, “I am so concerned about Sister Kim, who is sick. But I am thankful that our Dear Leader will show special care for her as she needs love and attention.”

What do you think?
• Is it okay for North Koreans to pray without bowing their heads and closing their eyes?
• Is it okay if they are very careful to share their faith with only a few people who might be open to hearing the gospel?
• Is it ever okay to keep your faith secret when Jesus said, “Everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven”? (See Matthew 10:32-33, ESV.)

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