Ten of my brothers and sisters in Christ were murdered yesterday. Had I been in that room with the gunman and had he asked me if I was a Christian, I would have said yes. My relationship with Jesus is the most valuable and priceless thing in the world to me….
I have watched the current Christian Holocaust taking place in the Middle East with tears in my eyes….
I have watched Christian Americans being told that their Constitutional rights of freedom of religion no longer hold value.
I have watched a Nation founded on Christian doctrine, become a nation of “whatever.”
I have watched God removed from schools.
I have watched prayer removed from schools.
I have watched church after church water down the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that no one be offended.
I have watched Christmas and Easter become holidays with no tie to the saving grace they represent.
I have watched Christianity become a lingo of ‘love’ with no road to redemption.
I have watched the biblical scriptures be twisted and perverted to fit agendas.
I have watched God’s chosen people of Israel be denied support from their allies.
I have watched political correctness suffocate the truth time and time again….
So much violence, so much rabid hate in the world today….
As a mom, I asked God daily for guidance on how to raise children in these trying times. How do you hold fast to your faith when the world hates it? How do you stand strong in the midst of the storm? How do you stay true to your beliefs when it is specifically being targeted by hate?
We as Christians are called to be ‘in this world but not of it.’
Quite simply-if the world loves you-you are doing something wrong.
If all Jesus preached was ‘ooooey goooey-ness,’ He would have never been crucified.
But He was. He was murdered.
He was bruised, beaten, whipped, scorned, mocked, abused and tortured for this human race.
You see, that’s LOVE.
He cast out demons, healed the sick, preached forgiveness of sin -but he didn’t embrace sin-no he said: go and sin no more, he flipped over tables with anger, he befriended the unfriendly, and operated in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus was a Radical. He didn’t fit in and he knew he’d pay a price for it.
So how….how do you live in a world that despises Christ?
What is being a Christian?
Simply, a follower of Christ or like Christ. Jesus called followers of Christ to be like him, to do what he did.
Jesus knew his time on earth was for just a spec in time. But that spec in time changed the world.
If you follow Christ -you live this life knowing that it is a temporary holding tank to your eternity. But while you are in this holding tank, change your world-be radical-be like Christ.
Those students yesterday-knew this. They knew that this world offers nothing compared to what Jesus offers. They knew that uttering the words “yes” meant that they would soon be meeting the Creator-the Alpha and the Omega, the one that Was…Is….and Is to come.
A moment in the presence of God diminishes a lifetime here on earth, can you just imagine eternity with Him…..
Rest in peace my brothers and sisters-we will meet one day…..