Day 260 – Under Attack
On: July 18, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life. Luke 21:16-19
I write this on the day after terrorist attacks in Paris, where religious fundamentalists murdered journalists working on a French satirical magazine. The secular world has risen up with unusual vigour to defend the right to free speech. And rightly so, however insulting the magazine has been over the years, particularly to religious communities. The editor of the magazine had received many death threats, but continued, undeterred. He, and members of his team, paid the price of continuing to speak out.
Horrific as this attack was, many more Christians around the world are regularly persecuted and murdered for expressing their faith in Jesus. Considerably fewer voices are heard protesting at this crime on an altogether greater scale.
Christians, in a similar way to the editor of Charlie Hebdo, have been warned of the dangers of professing their faith. They are warned that they will be betrayed, put to death, hated.
Yet Jesus says that not a hair of their head will perish; if they stand firm they will win life. Clearly, Jesus is looking through an eternal lens: you can’t be killed and win life, unless there is something beyond death.
For the third day on the trot, I am reminded that this life is a battlefield, where, if I proudly wear the colours of my leader, Jesus, I will come under attack. There will be a price to pay. Am I prepared to go onto the offensive (in a way that is respectful and understanding), or will I shelter in a bunker and hope no one spots me? It’s probably the biggest question I face today, or any day.
Father God, please free me from the desire for a comfortable life. Grant me boldness to stand up for what I believe in, whatever the consequence. Amen