In your group of friends, you’re known as the ‘Christian’, ‘Goody-Two-Shoes’, and – on a bad day – ‘Bible-Basher’. You’ve learned that your opinion is not wanted, appreciated or even acceptable in group discussions. But your friend has just told everyone at the lunch table that she’s planning on having sex with her new boyfriend. Afterall, they’ve been dating a while now… Everyone is so excited for her and tells her what lingerie she should buy. Would you speak?
It is quite likely that you would. If you’re a Christian who cares for the salvation of your friends, you will keep speaking, no matter how uncomfortable it makes you or them. If you can’t speak, it can be for only two reasons – you no longer believe or you no longer care.
At the Church Bible study, which you never miss, the Pastor says he’s got a new revelation that he wants to share. It’s about reaching the lost for Christ. The message is simple: “we need to relate with sinners and other Christians struggling with sexual sins, so that we can move from judging to loving them. Everyone sins, and no one’s sin is bigger. Christ died for all our sins – past, present and FUTURE. Just as we partake in fellowship of suffering through fasting, it is good spiritually to partake in orgies”. Everyone looks at each other in disbelief and uncertainty. Someone raises a challenge, but the Pastor responds by reminding him of his past sexual sins, and how his salvation is no less assured than the only virgin within the group. Would you speak?
Now this scenario seems a bit far-fetched, but, believe me, it’s not! It’s just around the corner. For years, the Church has been adapting their teaching to accommodate the world and Christians are making more and more compromises to fit in with the world. The Bible has already warned that “the time will come when men will no longer put up with sound doctrine” (2 Tim 4:3). Will you stand for the Truth, even if you’re the only one?
A mad man with a gun enters the hall where you are and shoots! Two people are dead. He announces that he’s looking for Christians and dares anyone who believes that Jesus saves to speak out. Would you speak?
This last one might be the hardest for everyone. It is not as unrealistic though, as it’s already happening. It seems so senseless, that God would be so unreasonable to expect us to say something at that point! “That isn’t a show of faith, it’s stupidity”, you might reason. But isn’t it what God warned us would happen? Is the cross He asked us to carry limited to being nice to rude people? Did He not promise that we also will be persecuted and killed for following Him?
He actually said, about His time “if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry…?” (Luke 23:31). “If they do persecute Me, they will persecute you too” (John 15:20).
If you’ve been cozy and silent about your faith since, now’s the time to wake up and speak up. Not because you’re a martyr seeking attention, but because you’ve been called to pick up your cross and follow Jesus.
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