"When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw Him eating with the 'sinners' and tax collectors, they asked His disciples: 'Why does He eat with tax collectors and "sinners"?' On hearing this, Jesus said to them, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'" -Mark 2:16-18
I love superhero movies. An ordinary man or woman possesses an extraordinary gift, and then has to hide it in order to fit in in the world! Sounds similar to being a Christian, doesn't it?
Though we're called to let our light shine, sometimes we need a secret identity in order to reach people who might be turned off to the blatant message of the gospel for whatever reason.
There is a pastor in Singapore who, after several years of being in ministry felt called to the Arts. "God, are you for real?" he queried, quite perplexed by his awkward predicament. Most pastors would not risk pursuing something that could be construed as unbefitting for a spiritual leader.
But still, he felt the Holy Spirit's promptings. He and his daughter decided to start rehearsing magic shows they had put on for friends and family but on a grander scale. Soon, they had opportunities to perform in auditoriums. And not long after, they sold out the largest venue in downtown Singapore for their magic show, "The Magic of Love."
Thousands came to Singapore to see them perform. And although this loving pastor did not directly share the gospel during the show, his faith was evident in the way he conducted himself, and he was able to share his faith with fans afterward.
His story is a great testimony for how God can use a magician with a "secret identity" to reach the world for Him.*
*See the book, Give Me the Multitudes by Lawrence Khong.