Courage Under Fire

LeRoy Koopman

READ : John 9:24-34

While the parents of the man born blind didn’t want to get involved, the beggar himself didn’t dodge the issue. He didn’t pretend to be a theologian and attempt to explain the mystery of what happened. He testified dramatically and convincingly about his personal experience: “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see” (v. 25)!

For this simple yet courageous testimony, the formerly blind beggar paid a price. The Pharisees:

  • made fun of him for being a disciple of Christ

    (v. 28),

  • taunted him for being born blind (v. 34a),

  • ridiculed him for having the audacity of trying to

  • preach to them (v. 34b),

  • and drove him out of the synagogue (v. 34c).

Two lessons about witnessing as a Christian become clear:

  1. A simple, heartfelt statement of what Christ has done is the most powerful testimony and
  2. Such a testimony is likely to bring opposition.


Lord, as I witness for you, give me courage under fire. Help me to speak out personally, convincingly, and lovingly.