When I wrote Anonymous Leadership, I did not expect it to turn into multiple posts. The idea is not a new one or particularly revolutionary. Then, I stumbled upon the reverse correlation between anonymity and non-blog authorship. Next, I noted that anonymity contributes to the censorship problem in the manosphere. In all that rambling, I did not make my point strongly. Lexet noted correctly:
“That is easy to say if you are not in a profession where you would be fired instantly, and your career destroyed, for saying anything remotely anti-pc….people live in fear, and will throw their best friends under the bus to avoid 5 minutes of fake scrutiny by people who dont matter.”
Why should anyone risk their well-being for this? As I said previously, I refuse anonymity because a man should put his reputation behind his words. The word of a Christian should be his bond. But what does this mean and why does it matter?
When a person decides to become a follower of God and make Jesus their master, this is not a part-time profession. Just as Jesus was God’s authorized agent, we too are his agents. When we speak, we speak for God with his authority. Always. This is not something that can be compartmentalized or done part-time. Any time we fail to do this is cause for repentance.
This is why we cannot give oaths: God is our witness and we represent him. If we were to ever lie, we would be misrepresenting God. If we were to give an oath or someone were to require us to give an oath, this would be to question God’s authority because we are God’s agents speaking on his behalf whenever we speak. Our “yes” must be our “yes” and our “no” must be our “no” because we represent God.
How can I fully represent God, under the authority of Jesus the Christ, if I hide myself and misrepresent who I really am? There cannot be a trace of a lie or deception, for those things are the antithesis of God. If I cannot put my reputation behind my words, is it because I fear and am ashamed to take a stance for Christ? If so, then anonymity is a sin. If I need anonymity because I am speaking words that don’t represent God, that is also a sin.
Consider that there are anonymous books of the New Testament. The authors of these books, or the authority by which they were written, was almost certainly known by the original readers. We have merely lost the information. In every single case attempts have been made to determine the original authors of the books anyway. The legitimacy of the words being spoken depends on who spoke them (e.g. apostolic authority). This is such a basic, universal understanding that we accept the authors of the NT books even without proof. We are not comfortable with anonymity.
Attaching our names to our words matters. Consider the power of names: Billy Graham, C.S. Lewis, the apostle Paul. Their names immediately conjure their roles as Christians. They represented God and people listened because they could see them in their real lives. When people saw those men, they saw Jesus. The anonymous are forgotten.
Every Christian represents God, from the greatest to the least. It isn’t just the apostles for whom following Jesus is a full-time job. There is no pass for not being one of the original apostles or a member of the clergy.
 Romans 1:14-16 [NIV]: “I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
 This is the hardest thing for me. I like to think that my political opinions can be compartmentalized away from my Christianity, as if they don’t have to, first and foremost, be biblical. It’s easy to spout whatever political opinion you want until you have to do it non-anonymously in Jesus’ name. If I am anonymous, who will hold me accountable?