There are friends, there are intimate friends, and their are taboo friends. The first two are just fine. Problems arise, however, when we enter into friendships that are taboo. That was the problem that Nicodemus faced anyway. The Bible tells us that:
There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a Jewish leader. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could do these miraculous signs that you do unless God is with him.” -John 3:1-2
Now on the surface this seems like an innocent encounter with Jesus. But, there is one word that sticks out like a sore-thumb. That word is: NIGHT. You see, it was not exactly good for Nicodemus’ PR to be seen hanging around Jesus. Even associating with Him at all would be bad for his “street cred”. So, in order to keep his friends (and intimate friends) from discovering that Nicodemus was meeting with Jesus…he met Him at night. Under the cover of darkness where faces were hard to recognize from a distance and one could slip away easily into the shadows. That is where Nicodemus chose to meet with Jesus.
We can sit in our comfortable seats and criticize Nicodemus for his actions and his decision. Or…we can be honest with ourselves and admit the fact that we are often much like Nicodemus.
We live in an interesting world. One where talking about politics is normal, discussing our families is expected, and debating sports is commonplace. But start talking about faith, and things begin to change a bit. Much more uncomfortable than politics, family, or sports, faith and God are topics that we tend to avoid…sometimes like the plague. In short, we meet with Jesus in the dark. Yes, the sun may be out when we worship, but when we refuse to make our faith a part of our normal conversations…we are in essence hiding the relationship just like Nicodemus did.
A life-changing relationship with Jesus is not something to hide. In fact, if you are hiding it…then I would question whether that relationship with Jesus is life-changing at all. An intimate relationship with Jesus (which is what He wants) is not a relationship you would avoid talking about. It is one that you would encourage others to experience…not matter what they thought.
What kind of relationship do you have with Jesus? Is it intimate? Or, is it taboo?