As a believer, the world does not know me or other children of God. The regular folk can be afraid of the mere culture of Christianity - they do not know. The enemy tries to oppress; however God's ways are for abundant life and His child prospers - perhaps not in the currency of man - but blessings cometh. And as the soul-deep contentment permeates the life of the oppressed believer, outsiders can dread dealing with a Christ-follower - they just do not know nor do they get it. The followers-of-other-gods can even perceive an adversary in the God-faithful and choose to deal harshly with those same God-faithful ones. They do not know.
Lord God, if it had not been for You, I would not know. I thank You and praise You for Your gracious love towards me. Yet, if I didn't know, I could be afraid of Christ's culture. In the past, I have been ashamed of how You have been represented, perhaps I have been part of the oppressing. I am so sorry. Let me not barter in the marketplace of man's ways; but let me walk in Your ways, all my days, revealing and reveling in Your peace which permeates all problems, predicaments and passions. I want to be part of those that help others to know You. To recognize You and to respond to You. You are already at work in other's lives - may I join You and Your efforts? Please help me to spread Your message of Peace, Faithfulness and Salvation to those who do not know. Oh, that all would know.