I’m a woman who speaks plainly, openly, and with brutal honesty most of the time. And I wanted to write about this particular subject because I think it’s going to bring many to their knees. It’s part of my “shock and awe” campaign to help Christians test their faith and love through earnest questions and potential scenario’s. Let’s face it, it’s real easy to SAY we believe in Christ, and it’s just as easy to say we love Him. But I want to take this to the deepest levels of those two things: FAITH and LOVE. If you are up for the challenge to see how much you trust in Christ and love Him, please, keep reading.
I have asked these same questions to people in the past and it brings them to tears most of the time in the realization of their faith in and love for Christ. It’s a subject that truly hits the heart in a spot that normally many take for granted. So let’s see where you’re at: (I don’t know if this will be as affective written down as it is in person, but lets try.)
We all know that Islam is a threat to Christianity. (and no, I’m not in the mood to debate this statement because that’s not what this blog is about). We often hear stories of Christians being beheaded, tortured, sodomized, beaten, ridiculed, and eliminated from their families and belongings and even hung in the public realm if they do not turn back to Allah. This is a sad reality in many parts of the Middle East for Christians and Christian converts. It’s horrifying to me to think of having to live in such a place, under the constant fear of this type of retribution just because of faith…but it DOES exist.
So let’s put this puppy out there and get the thoughts going because let’s face it, we here in America have it pretty darn easy. We can confess Allah is our god one day, and Jesus the next, and no one here in America will really concern themselves with it. This is meant to really get that blood pumping.
Here’s the imagined scenario (I say imagined because I REALLY want you all to VISUALIZE this as you read it):
Islam has taken over America. Muslims are telling everyone in the nation “Confess Allah as your god and Mohammad his prophet or die!” A band of angry Muslims bust through the doors of your home, armed, full of fury, and determined.
You are put to your knees with a gun aimed at your head and you are asked “Do you denounce Jesus and claim Allah is your god and Mohammad his prophet?!” What would you say? Now think about this before you read on. (I’ll give you some imagery to help you along):
If you are like most Christians, your answer would be “No! I wouldn’t denounce Christ!”. That’s a simple answer and understandable. There’s little sacrifice to it. But let’s ante it up a bit, because it wouldn’t be unlike a thug to do this next scenario:
Now, imagine whoever is dearest to you – your spouse, your children, your mother or father, or your grandchildren. Imagine all of them separately in this next scenario if need be. This is the true test of your love and devotion to Jesus. Let’s see how you do.
You are on your knees and your loved one is in front of you with terror and tears in their eyes, with a gun to THEIR head. Now the Muslims are telling you to denounce Christ or watch your loved one(s) die; (if there are many, you watch them die one by one until eventually you also will be killed, but first you must watch them die). What is your answer? Would you denounce Christ? Could you? As the pleading in the eyes of your loved one is beckoning you to just denounce Jesus this once, you’ll be forgiven! Would you?
If you are like most people, this is the question that gets ya. Heck, it got me. Tore my heart to shreds picturing it as I thought about my daughters, especially my 11 year old. I actually posed this scenario to a neighbor who has a toddler and she immediately started getting nervous. It’s a tough one.
This neighbor told me she would denounce Christ for her child, but not herself. When I asked why, she told me it’s because her son deserves to live and grow up and have a life and she believed Christ would forgive her.
I proceeded to tell her the reality of her thought process…that she was placing her love for her son and his life in this world BEFORE her love for Christ. She immediately started weeping as the realization of her confession set in. I then added that by her confession, she was telling me how she had more comfort in this world than with Christ, and that she trusted her life in this world more than Christ’s promises of eternity in heaven.
This tore her up inside as she realized just how shallow her confessions of love and faith in Christ really were.
So, how did YOU fare in these scenarios?
The correct answer in both scenario’s is to NOT denounce Christ. What many people don’t realize is that dying for Christ is a one way ticket to heaven.
Revelation 2:The Persecuted Church
8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write,
‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: 9 “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’
I’m not suggesting we WANT to die for Christ, but that we shouldn’t fear it.
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Sooooo….now that you’ve pondered these scenarios, how did you do? Do you need work on your faith and love for Christ? Would you die for Him, as He did for you?
Luke 12: Confess Christ Before Men
8 “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. 9 But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
10 “And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven.
11 “Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. 12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
Peace to you all, today and every day.